Image: Dreamstime. The Philosophy Behind Happiness
Controversial amongst his colleagues, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche had captivating perceptions on the longing for happiness, and on what happens once it is attributed. Nietzsche affirmed that rather than striving for happiness, one should absorb all pain and suffering as it is what instigates our drive to succeed and flourish.
A person who strives for mere contentment over greatness was considered by Nietzsche to be a very meagre person indeed. Whilst this concept can appear superficially as masochistic and sadistic, it is required to delve to a deeper level in order to understand the dynamics fully.
The purest of goals should not contain the desire for happiness - this commodity is embraced by predominant Eastern Philosophical and Religious schools of thought. Conducting one's self in a certain manner is what should be aspired to, so that one can affirm they are acting rightfully. By doing this, one is aware that they deserve happiness, yet are not so obsessed by its obtainment that is never arrives.
Collective improvement is found through forms of pain and suffering. Our energy is utilised for the purpose in striving to become better versions of ourselves. It is seminal to establish a difference between happiness and mere contentment in this article, as whilst the former offers a balance to counteract times of affliction; the latter flourishes indifference and laziness. Embrace the times of aversion like a son being welcomed home from abroad; not only does it award a negative situation with positive energy, it is what makes you stronger, more intelligent, more apt...and more likely for greatness.