Essay on Goals and Happiness

1629 Words Sep 7th, 2012 7 Pages
Goals and Happiness What makes you happier than anything else you do? Where does real contentment come from? If you understand and apply the following definition of happiness, you also open the door to unlimited success for yourself, your family and your group. "Happiness could be defined as the emotion of progress toward desirable goals. There is an instant of contemplation of the last goal in which one is content. But contentment becomes boredom immediately when new goals do not come to view. There is no more unhappy thing than a man who has accomplished all his ends in life." — L. Ron Hubbard Examine how three facts, from this definition of happiness, make happiness come and go in your life. 1. "There is an instant of …show more content…
Look at other times you were bored. Examine your goals, or lack of goals, at those times.
3. "Happiness could be defined as the emotion of progress toward desirable goals."
We can use this definition to understand unhappiness as well. When were you last unhappy? In each case, you probably 1) had no goal, 2) were trying to reach an undesirable goal, or 3) you were making no progress toward a goal.Using the definition of happiness makes happiness easy to achieve. Simply chose desirable goals and make progress toward them! Exercises
The following steps will help you put this definition of happiness to use.
1. List goals you have not yet reached. Small goals, large goals, old goals, failed goals and current goals. Make a very complete list. 2. Circle those goals that interest you the most. Drop out the goals that do not excite you as you can’t reach a goal unless it interests you.
However, if an uninteresting goal is vital for you to reach, find ways to get excited about that goal. Examine the goal’s benefits. For example, maybe the goal to "Pay off all debts" does not thrill you until you examine the benefits:Save $5319 in interest this year, financial freedom, less anxiety. If you cannot find any benefits of the goal, eliminate it.
3. Add new, desirable goals. Push the envelope of your self limitations and set goals you really, really want. What are your greatest desires?
If you had unlimited time, money and support, what would

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