HCOM 214: Interpersonal COMM & Conflict

Learning interpersonal communication skills to improve every part of our lives

Thoughts on Happiness

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Henry David Thoreau, a poet, has stated that, “Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” What I believe Thoreau is saying is that if you were to constantly chase happiness, you would never be able to get that happiness. A saying I grew up with is that no one is ever truly happy. For when we accomplish a goal we were after and someone comes up to us asking, “what are you going to do next?” no one replies with answers such as “Oh, nothing I’ve completed all my goals and am now going to stand in front of you eating ice cream.” No one says that, instead we take initiative and begin to concoct new dreams and goals to chase after. In layman’s terms people are never satisfied with what they have and are always chasing after something else. By taking this into account, there are a few who are contempt with what they have. But who are these people and how were they able to achieve such levels of happiness? The people who have achieve this happiness are usually the less fortunate, and most likely to live in a impoverished area. Through the interviews they have given, it can be said it’s because the only thing they truly need was to be with their loved ones. Either than that they were glad to be alive. Meanwhile with higher class individuals the value of objects is seen as more important.
If we were all to slow down and breathed in the air. We would be able to see that we had no need to chase after multiple to dreams in order to be happy. For we already have all that we needed. It should be taken into consideration that all of this is of course my own personal beliefs. What I see as true happiness could and would be different from others perspectives.

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