Wow, that is an ambitious title if I have ever seen one. The truth is – well, I don’t know. I just do not. Knowing what makes us happy and why it does, and where it all comes from is probably one of the biggest mysteries of life; and one for neurobiologists on top of that. But during all the years I have spent struggling to realize who I am and what I want (still a work in progress), I have found two very good ways of telling ‘I think I want something’ from ‘I definitely want this’ and it would be a shame not to share this trick, wouldn’t it?
After all, we’ve all been there. Fooling ourselves into thinking that we have just found our be all, end all goal in life; or aspiring to a dream that was never ours in the first place. Thinking we know what makes us happy and knowing what makes us happy are two very different things. One could argue all this time pursuing false desires is not wasted after all – it teaches us valuable lessons, right? But then again, we could actually be chasing the rabbit we want to cuddle. Just saying. [Read more…]