Also referred to as the Pleasure paradox, it describes the idea that active pursuit of pleasure and happiness will often lead us farther away from it. Happiness, therefore cannot be attained by going after it, it will happen as a result of dedication to other endeavours in which we find joy.
There is much to be said about the ethical implications of this paradox, it has been a topic of study in the field of economics and it is a tenet of many personal development philosophies.
“Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you’ll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap ”
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Thanks to Peyton Dracco for the graphics.