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Is Happiness the Prize?

In the March 14th, 2016 issue of Macleans magazine, Neil Pasricha writes, “Everybody has 168 hours/week to use. That time usually gets divided into three buckets: sleep, work and everything else. It’s how people divvy up those hours between the three “buckets” that shows what they value – in theory and in practice.

He goes on to say that the main point is to be deliberate about what or who gets the most time and attention. According to Pasricha, these choices will ultimately contribute to your happiness.

Really? So, extrinsic goals such as power, status, image, popularity and money could drive your happiness bus?

Pasricha goes on to say that, “Today the public at large has more money, education, health, information, mobility, technology and rights and freedoms than ever. Yet, individuals don’t report being any happier now than they did 50 years ago. 

We’ve exposed to endless clever answers but I’m just wondering if we’re asking the right question.

Is happiness supposed to be the ultimate goal?

Left to their own devices, our minds tend to hijack each and every opportunity for happiness. Negativity, entitlement, resentfulness, forgetfulness and ungratefulness all clamor for our attention.  Robert Emmons, professor at University of California

I’m definitely not convinced that happiness is everything this world cracks it up to be.

I do like the big picture idea of asking myself what I’m doing with my 168 hours every week but I’ve also been strongly reminded that the promises of Isaiah 61 don’t come from achievement – they come from vulnerability. Check out Isaiah 61 because it’s bursting with hope and filled with good “stuff.”

Freedom.

Release.

Favour.

Comfort.

Beauty.

Gladness.

Praise.

Restoration.

Renewal.

Blessing.

Delight.

Everlasting joy.

Happiness isn’t the prize.

I need to sleep and I need to work and I need to play. But more than anything, I need Jesus.

more jesus please

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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