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What is happiness and how do we find meaning in life?

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The answer to the question to, “What is the meaning of life?”, relates to the significance of living or existence.  But if that is the case, then “What is the purpose of existence?” The answers to these questions vary looking at cultural, religious and ideological backgrounds. Different people from different cultures believe different things for the answer to these questions.

So, let’s be precise, what do we as individuals need in order to be happy, fulfilled and successful in order to find happiness or meaning in life.

The biggest mistake that people make is to believe that the journey through life is all about reaching the destination.  By doing so we miss out on the true beauty of our life’s experience, which is the road we traveled and the road ahead of us.  We lose sight of the people, places and situations which have enriched our lives and forged the true person inside of us.

Happiness is found in the journey which is filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and special moments that will ultimately lead us to our chosen destination in life. The road will not be smooth and we will encounter many challenges.  These challenges will test our courage, strengths, weaknesses, and faith. Along the way, we will stumble upon obstacles that will come in our path.

Sometimes these obstacles are blessings which we do not understand at the time.  We will be confronted with joy, and heartache.  And when things don’t go our way, we have two choices.

We can focus on the fact that things didn’t go well and become bitter, or We can accept the situation and know that these are temporary setbacks and find the lessons that we pay to learn (We do pay for our mistakes).

If we allow ourselves to focus on the negative, we will miss out on the things that life has to offer. We cannot go back in time; we can only take the lessons that we have learned and move on. It the heartaches and the hardships, that help us become a stronger person.

The people that we meet on our journey, are people that we are destined to meet. Everybody has a reason and we don’t always know their purpose until it is time. They all play a role in our lives. Some stay for a lifetime; others stay for a little time. It is because of these encounters that we learn life’s lessons and sometimes we about ourselves.

People will come and go, however sometimes we are lucky enough to meet that special person that will stay in our hearts forever and no matter what because of that one individual, we become who we are and we remember the wonderful times that we have shared together.

We have to follow our heart, and most importantly never have any regrets.  Life is about compromises and the ability to enjoy our journey, the destination will be there at the end.

If you are dealing with setbacks, anxiety, or depression, please contact us – we’re here to help.


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