Pivoting Unhappiness

“The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.”

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Moments of unhappiness are okay. Being unhappy isn’t a bad thing. Unhappiness isn’t something we needed to quickly swat away, like a fly landing on our arm. Rather, unhappiness is something to be observed. It’s trying to show us something. It’s a sign that something needs to change. It’s telling us when need to shift things around and take action.

As long as we don’t dwell on unhappiness, then unhappiness will eventually break away to happiness.

Otherwise, we’ll feel stuck. Otherwise we’ll continue to choose work, friends, habits or other things that aren’t helping us and making us better.

If happiness and unhappiness is a teeter toter, like you would see on a playground, then our inner and outer world are at its fulcrum, tilting you towards on way or another.

What are your habits tilting you towards?
What about your friends, coworkers and community?

Do you enjoy your work?
Do you give yourself plenty of time to rest and play?
Are you eating right? Are your thoughts optimistic?

If the mind is anywhere in this metaphor, its the kid sitting on our seesaw — the mind is either lifting us up or weighing us down.

We don’t have to do much to tilt our way towards happiness. All we have to do is notice what’s bothering us, the points that are causing us headaches, and taking little steps towards resolving them or removing them from our lives.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #715


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