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Popular culture heightens the importance of finding love and happiness. Consumerism then takes this message and plays on it by successfully appealing to our senses (all of them) to believe that happiness and love are definable, perpetual, lasting and can be bought with money – what a load of hooey!
Whilst people around us grasp out in a life-long desperate quest for love and happiness, there are others of us who know that many other emotional states are far more achievable, desirable and enduring.
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Try CONTENTMENT and SATISFACTION instead.
Contentment is a powerful emotion that can be achieved despite what is going on around us. Satisfaction is another powerful emotional state that can be achieved despite the circumstances we find ourselves in. The same can be said for peacefulness too. These states are very worthy of our consideration and are specific, measurable, achievable and timely.
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all the other ingredients
The facts are that happiness is ever only meant to come in flashes to ‘crown’ a moment or event. Sustained pure states happiness are mythical and counterproductive – like a drug that loses its effectiveness with overuse. The same can be said for love. It waxes and wanes naturally like breathing in and out, like the tides, like the moon or the seasons. Yet, consumerism has latched onto these cyclic and special states of emotion and convinced us they are sustainably capturable and can be purchased. It’s a lie that strips both happiness and love of their very effectiveness and beauty.
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Instead, work on the foundational emotional states on becoming content and satisfied. Both these states are achievable and become the inner calm that exists despite the turmoil that may be apparent around us. They become the bedrock of our souls upon which we can build the edifice of our lives. Satisfaction and contentment are emotions that can be grown and developed into enduring and stable states of being.
Being content and satisfied will ensure our characters run deep like the roots of an old tree planted next to a river.
If we can shift this paradigm, then we can loosen the clutches of consumerism and the purposely manufactured state of anxiety it creates within us. Just a thought.
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Take care folks and stay nice.