We are able to experience happiness through a variety of different sources.
Meeting an old friend that we haven't seen in a long time. Watching a sunset with our loved ones. Traveling to far away places. Experiencing new cultures. Tasting new dishes. Going for a walk in nature...
But surprisingly we barely do most of these things. We only spend a very limited amount of time doing things that really make us happy.
Instead, we do a lot of things that don't make us happy.
We do things that allow us to buy this happiness and own it for just a limited amount of time.
We show up to work every single day, spend 80% (or even more) of our time doing things we don't really love or don't even care about. And once we come back home we feel exhausted and don't want to do anything else except watching TV and relax.
That's our bodies telling us that we were doing things we didn't really feel like doing. Things we don't really care about.
And to bring happiness back into our lives we go out on weekends, get drunk or buy fancy things to reward ourselves for going through all of the pain of doing things we don't really care about.
It's like borrowing temporary happiness. It's a vicious circle.
And at one point we start to realize that we spend 80% (or more) of our time doing things that barely make us happy.
The things that we thought and spent most of our lifetime chasing down (e.g. money, social status, a house, a car, etc.) don't actually make us happy.
We start to realize that almost all of our happiness comes from the things we barely ever do. Things we stopped paying attention to. Things we tried to ignore.
It somehow reminds me of the 80/20 rule. The 80/20 rule of happiness.
80% (or even 100%) of our happiness usually comes from things we do only 20% (or less) of the time.
So why don't we just do more of the 20% stuff to be happier?