The Yellow Brick Road of Happiness: It's in the Journey

July 25, 2014 7:09 PM

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The Yellow Brick Road of Happiness: It's in the Journey

This is a longstanding, perhaps lifelong condition, and in my experience, one of the biggest barriers to my true happiness. No, destination addiction is not a Carmen Sandiego-esque need to travel and explore the world (I wish!). Rather, according to the work of Dr. Robert Holden, Director of the Happiness Project, destination addiction refers to how we have convinced ourselves we have to reach a certain goal in order to be happy. If I just get through this assignment in school, I will be happy. If I purchase this car or this house or this outfit, I will be happy. If I can find a new job, then my happiness is assured. If only I find love, my heart will be filled with happiness forever.

What many have discovered, and what I have glimpses of from time to time, is that lasting happiness is virtually impossible when it is tied to arriving at a destination. In fact, when you really think about it, destination addiction not only reduces your happiness to a future destination, it limits ...

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