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Happiness TedTalk

Happiness TedTalk

Discovering what makes one happy is a challenging task. After listening to Mr. Price’s realizations that happiness is “not contextual,” I have recognized that we must be proactive in order to reach happiness. We often wait for a future event to make us happy and then when the event occurs, we are still left unsatisfied; this creates a constant cycle of unhappiness. Mr. Price explained that we can not “put all of our eggs in one basket,” meaning we can not rely on a single person/event to supply us with a happy mentality.  Instead of being reactive, we can take charge in the present in hopes of a fulfilling life. When we are unhappy, we are unproductive. I’m aware that it’s difficult to truly “feel happy,” but without trying, we are sacrificing any chance of long-term bliss. I’ve noticed that prevailing through struggles often makes the quality of happiness even more rewarding. Many people express how stress reduces their happiness. Personally, stress (to an extent) motivates me as it provides me with a purpose and agenda. For the few moments when I have nothing to do, I’m stress-free and gain this sense of freedom. But long term, I am honestly bored. Stress is inevitable despite all of the time management skills one might acquire. Even if there is nothing in the present to stress us about, future obstacles are always there to make us worry. That said, we should use stress to our advantage by allowing it to motivate rather than discourage us. Overall, my key takeaways are that my future is not predetermined, meaning I’m in control of my life. By gaining access to this power, I personally hold the capabilities of creating my happiness; no one else is in control of my state of being. With the knowledge that happiness is reliant on my actions, I have grown determined to attain a happy mind. 
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