Conditions don’t apply

Is happiness conditional?

We are often led to believe some version of the following statement – ‘If I am financially independent, have a loving family and a great set of friends, and enjoy physical and mental health, then I will be happy.’

In practice, when you attain everything on that list, you aren’t happy. Instead, a new list of requirements crops up. Happiness eludes us like the carrot that is dangled in front of a donkey.

Yet, if we aren’t financial stability, lack good relationships and fall sick, we are unhappy. The absence of those things leads to unhappiness. But their presence doesn’t lead to happiness. It is this riddle that our lives dance around.

Unhappiness may be conditional, but happiness isn’t.

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