The Existence Of Happiness In Notes From The Underground By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The Existence of Happiness

Happiness is a hard thing to come by these days. Everyone seems to be worrying about what they’re doing wrong instead of appreciating the right. For some it’s their job, and for others it’s the way that they present themselves to their peers. In the novel Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, he says “Man only likes to count his troubles: he doesn’t calculate his happiness.” I agree with what Dostoyevsky is saying. We are all different people with different phenomena intruding our daily lives but when you sit down and think about it for a second, no one seems to be completely happy. It is because they worry too much about the negatives with their lives.

We all admit that we desire happiness. The success
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We feel unmotivated to do certain tasks and for some it leads to more serious symptoms such as depression. To prevent this from happening to us we first need to appreciate these negatives and turn them into positives. Doing so leaves a feeling of satisfaction in our minds. We want to do more with this satisfaction, which turns into motivation, which leads to success, and with success leading to happiness. We feed off of success and happiness. We want more and more of it like the morbidly obese and a birthday cake. If this feeling isn’t kept where it is, we end up back where we didn’t want to be. In the dark only accompanied by our troubles. “Counting them” as Dostoyevsky states. Sometimes these troubles make us value life for what it is. We hear all the time “It could be worse…” or “It gets worse before it gets better.” For as negative as that sounds, we seem to use false outcomes to our negative situations to bring out the positive aspects in them. Not discovering happiness within one’s self, but creating it. We have the power to create our own happiness because we are in control of our lives. That’s all we want to be. Humans want to be in control. Us not controlling our happiness is like driving a car blind. You will only get so far until you

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