Happiness glorification certainly has us all in a tizzy. We love the idea of happiness, yet so few of us define it on realistic terms.
Welcome to the golden age of smiling through everything, the universe having a reason for seemingly random events and your financial indicators somehow proving you’re indeed happy.
Wellness, mental health and a seemingly unobtainable benchmark of rosy cheeked happiness are big issues and big industries as everyone stretches across the great divide towards the sunny shores of daily bliss.
Happiness glorification takes many forms- from myths about the perfect mother through to success is defined by your business card and bank balance. Thousands of inspirational quotes do the rounds on social media and every day should be a day to find a reason to smile.
Or is it?
Happiness is in reality, a part of a spectrum of emotions we can experience at any given time. Being sad, angry, frustrated, stressed, puzzled and otherwise negative has become something we afflicted with. But this is not the true reality.
We have different emotions for a reason. We face challenges each day. We’re plagued by randomness and not every story is tied with a meaning or resolution at the end.
Life would be a hell of a lot less interesting if it was.
Here’s a few resources we’ve collected over time that may help you remove the crush of glorified happiness from your like and make you feel a whole lot better in the process:
Being sad can be good for you
How rejection breeds creativity
The pursuit of happiness makes life shallow
7 myths of happiness
Seeking more information on happiness glorification to whet your whistle? Stay close to the blog in the coming months and years to discover more about happiness glorification, success myths and more.
Tags: happiness glorification, mental health, mythbusting
Brook was an outspoken atheist at her Catholic school who became fascinated with religion, faith and persuasion. She completed a Bachelors majoring in Comparative Religious Studies at Sydney University, where she accidentally joined a cult. Brook ended up teaching kirtan meditation on behalf of the cult and was astonished to find herself being asked by people three times her age for existential advice. Clearly unqualified, she ran away to India to find her Guru (as you do). Some seven months later, disenchanted and broken, she returned home to lick her wounds and try again as a tour leader in south-east Asia.
In between adventures and misadventures, Brook worked in public relations, specialising in internal communications, and as a yoga teacher. Since 2008, she's been self-employed as a digital marketing consultant and writer, and then a trainer and business coach.
Brook's flagship program, Hustle & Heart, helps passionate business owners become more business and marketing savvy without compromising their values or integrity. Brook is somewhat obsessed with the intersection of passion, enterprise and social change. She still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. She’s trying very hard to be an atheist (again).
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