It is often said that we fail to attain pleasures if we deliberately seek them. This has been described variously, by many:
Viktor Frankl in Man’s Search for Meaning:
Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself …
— Wikipedia on Paradox of hedonism
The paradox of happiness:
If you do good work, you will feel happy.
However, if you do good work only because of the desire of getting happiness, you will not get it.
happiness ~ progress ~ self transcendence
do good work ~ keep going to the next levels
seeking happiness directly ~ focus on oneself ~ trapped at the same level
no progress ~ unhappiness
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