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Questioning Your Pursuit of Happiness

Posted Sep 24 2012 10:03pm

Questioning Your Pursuit of Happiness Today we have a guest post from Darnell George, who invites you to take some time today to reflect on the choices you’re currently making to see how well they line up with your current version of your grandest vision of a truly happy life. Check it out:

That carefree feeling of being a kid, running around and exploring the giant playground of life was unlike any other feeling in the world. Not knowing what certain things meant or what would end up around the corner was thrilling. It instilled a thirst for adventure and inspired a quest for knowledge in our youthful minds and hearts. Running home from the bus stop to play with our friends, discover the latest video games or check up on that ladybug we captured the night before were good times. Maybe these were good times because we were living in the moment , and we felt that anything was possible.

As adults, we are wiser and have better communication skills (at least linguistically). We’re more skilled at our hobbies and our talents have been refined. Many of us are the parents, professionals, doctors and athletes we once dreamed of becoming. Some of us even go up into space, stop fires or fight crime. We’re living the lives set out for us, and we fit nicely into the molds that our paths have led us to. We have our own vehicles, homes and own families, and maybe even our own companiesbut are we truly happy ?

, a critically acclaimed author and pastor, has a unique method of explaining how to discover true happiness. In his book, “Outrageous and Contagious Joy,” he breaks down every day assumptions by asking the reader a handful of “big” questions such as: “Why are you here?” and “What are you working for?” The book, which is sub-titled “Five Big Questions to Help You Discover One Great Life,” is unique for the self help category, because it presents the reader with ways to deconstruct their own outlook on the life they’re living, and preconceived notions of the life they’re “supposed” to live. Young is able to walk the line between deconstructive analysis and inspirational messages of faith.

So, what does this all mean when it comes to living in the moment or feeling invincible? When we’re meandering through our daily lives, clocking in at jobs we don’t care about, staying in relationships we don’t want to be in, or paying bills for a house we don’t feel at home in, something is wrong. We’re not living the full, joyous lives we’re capable of experiencing. Young makes the case that by asking questions and putting trust into a higher power, we can improve our lives and find our divine purpose.

No stranger to attracting all ages and persuasions, Ed Young has been at the forefront of the creative pastor movement for years. His written works also include the well known “Sexperiment,” a taboo-shattering, self-help guide for married couples looking to rekindle their passion through intimacy and connection to each other through God. This author and pastor out of Grapevine, Texas is intriguing; not only because of his modern, hip approach to faith, but because of his positive nature and passion for “making the complex, simple” as stated on his website.

At the beginning of the year, MIT’s Technology Review website was able to find statistics on what makes people happy . Pulling from the US General Social Survey, findings showed that the biggest personal factor in determining happiness in descending order was health, then marriage, and finally income (playing a much smaller role).

The article, a fascinating read, makes a great point in its introduction: “The pursuit of happiness is a right enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. So an increasingly important question for economists, psychologists and decision-makers is the role that happiness plays in society and how to increase it.” It looks like the pursuit of happiness is a trending topic in not only the self-help niche, but with faith and science as well.

Before all the New Year’s resolution noise happens on January 1, 2013, you should consider pre-planning by asking yourself “Am I living the life of my dreams?”

Authored By Darnell George – Darnell grew up in New York and has an appreciation for gourmet cuisine. He loves writing almost as much as he loves eating.

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