What Makes You Happy?
We’ve all heard of Einstein’s Theory E = mc2. We may not understand the theory, but we’ve heard of it. Notice how the world keeps working without trying to understand or control how it works.
Einstein also wrote the Theory of Happiness: “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with the constant restlessness.” It is important to understand this theory and in order to do so, we need to analyze and apply the theory to our own lives.
Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory that is frequently quoted. It states that as humans meet 'basic needs', they seek to satisfy successively 'higher needs' that occupy a set hierarchy. Society and culture make us believe that we must complete one more thing, take one more trip, buy one more item, etc. Then, and only then, we will find happiness. This creates a restlessness cycle: the need to do something, prove something, be something we’re not. We have trouble just being. We are Human Beings, not Human Doings. We become confused.
The global pandemic has made us all cut back, stop, or modify our behavior; but the restrictions don’t necessarily quiet the mind and modify our moods for the better.
Ask yourself, what is your definition of success? Can you provide for yourself? Do you have a roof over your head? Food on the table? These are the basic human needs unless you fall into the world where the advertising makes you believe you never have the ”right clothes, food, body shape, house, etc.” What a trap…it makes us restless.
This holiday season, Informed Families is going to donate to 2 people featured in The Miami Herald Wish Book.
- Peggy Sapp