When we were kids, answering what made us happy was easy. It was often a new toy, a new videogame, a trip to the amusement park or just the village park and spending time with best friends.
It was only a simple life with simple joys. As one grows older and gains new experiences and lessons, the meaning of life once, which earning money for one’s self has satisfied, gets lost.
So what makes you happy?
Hedonism Is Not Inherently Evil
Truth be told, as children we are hedonists. We want the newest toys. We want enough things we love so we could be happy. Some people do not grow out of this particular materialistic happiness.
This does not mean they are inherently evil, as is the impression for most hedonists. But the truth that material satisfaction will not yield a permanent happiness for a person is true.
An individual still lost in and unable to determine their lifelong passions is one who hasn’t reached true happiness. However, this does not mean that once you’ve found your passion you are inherently good.
Every person gets a different thrill for every experience. One might find satisfaction climbing mountains and learning lessons in hardship and camaraderie along the way while some might choose to accept that pain is a part of life and any kind of challenge is welcome in their lives.
This is not true happiness because suffering is involved. But maybe we need suffering to reflect on what makes us happy and give value to what makes us happy in the first place.