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The Land of the "Free" and Home of the Depressed

Few phrases captivate the modern mind like “the pursuit of happiness.” With life and liberty are assured, this becomes the de facto point of most people’s existence. Yet for something so central to our choices, it is surprising how little we understand about what will make us “happy.”

Nationally, the number of school shootings, drug overdoses, and suicides have been growing steadily for years. We have less inequality, less violence, more medications, more mandatory sensitivity trainings, more pleasure, and fewer pains. So what the hell is wrong with us?

As life grants more and more of our wishes people are finding that what they want is the problem. Pursuing happiness might not be such a great idea after all.

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Transformative Experience: Changing Thoughts and Feelings Through Action

Our large, highly-developed infrastructures preclude the need for rising to any occasion or banding together to get a job done. We’re conditioned to expect the government or AAA to step in and solve each problem. We are able to live completely insulated from the community contribution and frequent challenge that once defined human existence. This convenience comes at a price. More than any self-help workbook, it is powerful experiences that build confidence, embed good values, and foster a sense of purpose. Today our physical needs are met so effortlessly that we are rarely prompted to essential experiences that make us capable of meeting our emotional needs. Fortunately, those experiences are well documented and accessible to us all.

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Free Yourself From the Religion of Consumption

Overconsumption has a way of making us subjugate ourselves into a dependent relationship. The more we conceive as needs—the more we are dependent on for happiness—the less free we are. We’ve enslaved ourselves to unrealistic expectations and a cycle that clouds out the development of more fulfilling pursuits, thus devastating our own spirit, whilst destroying the world around. We have more, but we are less: less capable of ensuring our own survival; less competent; and despite immersion into an oversaturated social media landscape, less connected to our fellow humans.

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Contagious Awesomeness: Are You a Force for the Common Good?

When we diminish ourselves morally, we create habits that stand in the way of community and personal fulfillment. Look around. Litter is everywhere and in many forms. It is excessive smog created, grocery carts left, weights not racked, doors not held, and patience not offered. Yes, you can litter your toxic attitude. We’ve all had Debbie the Downer come suck the life out of a jovial room. Yet, likewise our attitudes can infuse the room with joy. Joking, smiling, and creative zeal offer contagious awesomeness.

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Enough With the Ceremonies! Can We Just Be Real?

We’ve made it through another May! With school wrapping up, families rev into overdrive. Our society’s compulsion to celebrate and sensationalize every arbitrarily assigned group participation manifests in non-stop self-aggrandizing and inauthentic ceremony.

The gap between what we say we are and what we actually are grows by the day. Everyone knows it, yet we all smile politely. And all along we drift further from the obvious truth: The ceremony isn’t what’s real. The things we do should have merit for their own sake.

Is there a larger cost to our societal insistence on evermore fan-fair?

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