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1.  The Pointless Search for Happiness

Humanity seems to have searched for happiness since the beginning of time.    

This search for happiness appears to be far from over.  In fact, happiness seems harder to find now than ever before.

Self-help books on emotions and happiness are being published at an ever-increasing rate.  Clinical (major) depression is on the rise in all age groups and in virtually every community. Life coaching on wellbeing and happiness are becoming more common by the day and the media generally portrays a society filled with misery and unhappiness. 

Can happiness really be that difficult to find, or are we simply looking in the wrong places for happiness?

The answer is a lot simpler. We’ve been trying to answer the wrong questions all along.  

We don’t have to search for happiness to have it.  We merely have to understand how happiness works.

Like anything else in life, things become easier once we understand how it works. 

Doing maths for example is only difficult for as long as we don’t understand how it works. Happiness works on the same principle.  Being happy, or being happy more often becomes easy once we understand how happiness works.

2.  Stepping Stones to Happiness

Rather than teaching us how happiness works, society presents us with if-then stepping stones on the road to happiness.  Stepping stones such as:
 
  • If  you study this, you will get that job and then you will be happy.”
  • If  you own this, you will impress your friends and then you will be happy.”
  • If  you eat healthy and exercise regularly you will lose those pounds and then you will be happy.”
 
These stepping-stones do give us a shot at some happiness, but the problem with these if-then stepping stones is two-fold:
 
  • It makes happiness conditional on first meeting certain criteria before we can be happy. This always postpones happiness to somewhere in the future. And that is nonsense.What about the happiness in the here and now?
  • It attempts to provide us with a recipe for happiness rather than helping us to understand how happiness works so we can be happy without needing to follow a recipe.

3.  How Does Happiness Work Then?

There is no short answer to this question.  The book Lucky Go Happy: Make Happiness Happen! covers some of the pieces of the very complex happiness puzzle. Every chapter covers a piece of the puzzle and provides insights into the workings of happiness.

The chapters should therefore not be read as if they build up to a big reveal in the final chapter.
 
Happiness does not work that way. It's all about the journey and not the destination.

4.  Will Lucky Go Happy Help Me?

Yes it will!
 
Lucky Go Happy will help you, and those around you, to be happier, and to be happy more often.
 
This book has been called “…one of the best books … on the theme of happiness … and the best as far as … the attainment of happiness goes…”

Lucky Go Happy is a humorous modern-day fable written for teens, young adults and adults from all walks of life.

5.  Why All the Fuss About Happiness?

Being happy is not important, it is extremely important.
 
In fact, being happy is so important to us that we pursue it consciously and subconsciously through every single thing we do. Through everything we have ever done, and through everything we will ever do.
 
The Direct Approach
 
Sometimes we pursue happiness directly. We watch a movie or go on holiday because we expect that doing these things will make us happy. We expect happiness as the direct outcome.
 
The Indirect Approach
 
Most of the time however, we pursue happiness indirectly. We get indirect happiness by avoiding unhappiness.  If we can avoid unhappiness, we can only be left feeling happy or content; at least that is how we reason subconsciously.
 
We do many everyday things to be happy or content by avoiding unhappiness.
Why do we eat? 

To be happy.  Eating prevents hunger and thus avoids the unhappiness associated with being hungry.


Why do we commute to work? 

To be happy.  We commute to work in order to earn money so we can avoid the unhappiness associated with not having money, i.e. being able to pay bills, buy food or provide for our dependants.

Why do we blink our eyes? 

To be happy.  We blink our eyes to keep them moist and clean so we can avoid the unhappiness associated with dry and irritable eyes.

Why do we fill our cars with gas?

To be happy.  We fill our cars with gas to prevent the unhappiness associated with running out of gas and being stuck next to the road.

Why do we go to school? 

To be happy.  We go to school to comply with legislation so we can avoid the unhappiness associated with breaking the law.  We go to school to get an education so we can avoid the unhappiness associated with not having an education and subsequently struggling to find a job.

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