Rise of the Innerpreneur

What Is Happiness?

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How do you feel about this definition of happiness?

Happiness is felt when one is:

  • engaging in satisfying work
  • avoiding negative events and emotions
  • feeling gratitude, forgiveness and optimism

Is happiness enough?

Not for Me. And I’d argue it’s not enough for You either. For our Innerpreneurial drive isn’t fueled by our lack of happiness and our desire to obtain it, rather it’s fueled by our desire for meaning.

First comes happiness, then comes meaning?

I’d say choosing to be happy — choosing to engage in satisfying work, choosing to avoid negative events and emotions, choosing to feel gratitude, optimism, and forgiveness — provides you with the ability to seek beyond the pleasant life and explore possibilities that bring you greater significance.

I’d insist that your happiness has allowed you to identify your need to be in service of something larger than your Self. I’d assert your choice to be happy is the foundation on which you’ve cultivated your belief in your Self and your value, and fostered your faith that You can create the change you seek.

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They way I see it is without happiness in our life we don’t have hope, and without hope we can’t realize our desire for and our ability to create meaning.

What do you think?

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Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

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About Tara Joyce

Hello! I'm Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me. I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

4 Thoughts on “What Is Happiness?

  1. beccawik on December 21, 2009 at 8:05 PM said:

    I do love that we choose where our happiness comes from. But in my life it's the unhappy times that make room for the happiness. You can't have one without the other.

  2. You are so right, Rebecca. Without the low periods the highs would not
    be so sweet. There is so much to learn about our Self from the trials
    and hardships in our life.

  3. keeganburkholder on January 17, 2010 at 2:49 AM said:

    I believe that we all want 4 things in life, Peace, Joy, Love, and a sense of purpose. I also believe the innerpreneur (new to the blog, and love the concept) looks to have all four of these wrapped in everything we are, do, and have. Thank you for your thoughts. Look forward to continue reading the information you are sharing.

  4. Keegan, it's so nice to hear from you and know that you are reading.
    Thank you for sharing your ideas on what happiness is to you. I look
    forward to connecting again in the future and seeing how your
    lifestyle coaching business grows.

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What Is Happiness?

By Tara Joyce Time to Read: 1 min