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How Bad Times Increase Happiness in the Long Run

We try to find the path of least resistance. We try to avoid pain, discomfort, and inconvenience. We try to blend in instead of stand out. We do anything we can to avoid any form of unpleasantness. Comfort and pleasure don’t bring us long-term happiness, though. This is how bad times increase happiness in the long run.

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This Too Shall Pass

“This too shall pass.“

-Persian adage

When we see that phrase, we think that a bad time is going to pass. We use it as comfort that the suffering or inconvenience won’t last, that it’s temporary.

That is a great outlook!

However, it is also true for pleasant times. They too shall pass. We’ll face just as many challenging times as easy times.

How about this one:

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That one’s just hilarious!

All Good Things Must End

“All Good things must come to an end.”

-Geoffrey Chaucer

So that’s how it is. There are good times and bad times. We flow in and out of them, or they flow in and out of us. Although some suffer more than others and some prosper more than others, good and bad times pretty much even out over the long term.

The question is what do we do with them?

We don’t tend to learn or grow from good times. We just enjoy them. If we get a little too much good times, then the bad times may seem a little harder to take.

Bad Times Increase Happiness in the Long Run

bad-times-increase-happinessIf we get a little too much bad times, that makes the eventual good times seem that much better.

Plus, there is almost always a lesson in the hard times. Bad times always come with an opportunity to grow stronger or wiser.

Difficult times always contain a lesson if you’re willing to look for it.

Good times are obvious. We’ll get to those another day. Plus the title of this post is “How bad times increase happiness in the long run.”

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That’s another way to create better bad times. Make sure you get the lesson, strength, wisdom or experience from a bad time. Then you can look back on it and be thankful for it. How often have you seen someone’s bad time teach them something they needed to know to make life wonderful?

Practice the Right Attitude

Look for the lesson.

Work on the strength.

Form your calluses.

Practice optimism.

Give the gift of hope to those suffering with you.

bad-times-increase-happinessWe can find those gems hidden in the problems. Learn those lessons.

It will help the difficult times seem bad instead of awful or awful instead of horrible. This will help Focus on Life’s Enormousness, Not Life’s Enormity.

It will give you that new strength and wisdom to do something wonderful later. It will help you not take happiness too seriously.

You may some day look back at that those bad times and realize they were the best times of your life.

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