HCOM 214: Interpersonal COMM & Conflict

Learning interpersonal communication skills to improve every part of our lives

Emotions (Prompt 2)

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The quote by Henry David Thoreau is something I think everybody should hear at least once in their life, so they can reference back to it. The way I interpreted this quote was that happiness will come when you least expect it and will come when it’s not sought after. If you constantly chase after it, you will forget to live in the present moment. It is like seeking all the money in the world in hopes that it will make your life happy and whole, but when in reality, it is just a materialistic need. People actively seek happiness all the time because it makes them feel good and brings energy to their lives, but happiness doesn’t come in a specific shape or form. Sometimes it’s the simple things that can make your day brighter. The key to life is happiness, feeling accomplished and satisfied with who and what you are, but these key ideas can be blurred with the desire to seek an improbable goal. Those who focus all their attention on one thing and one goal, inhibit themselves from growth and their true goals of happiness. A workaholic’s goal is to work and work and work until they reach a point in where they can stop and bask in the glory of all the money they’ve made. But what about all the family dinners they have missed in order to achieve their goal? Was it worth it? Sometimes a goal seems honest and simple to begin with, that along the way, you begin to lose sight of the small things that once made you smile. By chasing the goal of happiness you’ll lose the happiness which once surrounded you. You may complete your goal of being financially well off, but was the accomplishment of this goal worth losing your social life? I think this quote holds a very powerful meaning because it describes how happiness will come to you no matter what, that you don’t have to go out of your way in trying to achieve it. Happiness will always find you in the end.


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