It goes without saying — but I’m going to mention it anyway — that your happiness, or lack thereof, depends largely on your expectations. If you believe that only one person, job, home, or car can bring you happiness, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.
Even if you fall in love with your childhood sweetheart, marry, and raise a healthy family, eventually one of you will depart, leaving your partner to grieve. Nothing in this world lasts forever. Loved ones, jobs, homes, cars, finances, and health can come and go.
If you believe that living a happy life means that you will never go through loss, sorrow, disappointment, failure, or grieving, you are setting yourself up to be let down. Your beliefs about happiness need to be realistic. If you are addicted to a fantasy of perfection, any happiness you experience will be short-lived. To expect anyone’s life to be flawless is utterly unrealistic.
Excerpted from the article:
Expectations of Happiness: It’s All Up To You
Written by James D. Baird.
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