Stop Looking For Happiness Outside

To rescue the joy without the help of external stimuli, we must make peace with sadness, so unfairly made the great villain of today.

The ones that reject the so called “artificial stimuli”, those that promise to bring happiness instantaneously, are more likely to find real happiness. However, in recent decades, more and more people seek instant and miraculous solutions supposedly able to reduce the pains of life: medicines, food, shopping, parties, gambling.

The urgency of being completely immunized against suffering is such a priority that many are ready to put their health and finances at risk. But we must not forget that “the road is better than the destination”, and, more than the road, the way we enjoy the journey. However, for a significant portion of world population, the crossing of life ceased to be an exciting adventure and more of a torment.

In fact, sadness remains the same, a legitimate and necessary manifestation of the soul, we are the ones who change the way we approach it. Thus, instead of finding healthy ways to put this feeling out of your heart, whether doing some kind of therapy, exercising – generators of endorphins, the hormone of pleasure – or simply crying your head off and then lift the head and move on, some have preferred to treat the issue as a disease, or taking medication.

According to researches, sales of antidepressants doubled between 2005 and 2009. But even so, the population doesn’t seem to be any happier. In many cases, drugs do not work, possibly because of limited scope, since they act only increasing certain brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine.

 

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