a little while ago, this past semester, in my psych-esque (organizational behaviour) course, we discussed how throughout history, the study of psychology/psychiatry has been focused on helping people get rid of their mental disorders. the main point of this discussion was: so far the focus has been on how to get people to be on a normal level where you’re not depressed, but your happiness isn’t deliberate either. (idk how much sense that makes, but at least i know what i’m saying…)
anyway, so we watched a TEDx video of a pscyhiatrist or psychologist (i forget which…also forget the video, but i’ll link it here if i ever remember) who was talking about how the future of psychology should be focused on finding things that make people happy. like obviously, still work on ways to remedy mental disorders and stuff, but also find actual ways to make people happy, not just bring them out of depression or whatever.
and basically, this just randomly popped into my head and i’ve decided that’s just a load of BS. if you’re at a normal mental state (where you’re not depressed or upset or stressed or anxious or whatever else you can be), then i believe it’s up to YOU to create your own happiness. or LOOK FOR IT and FIND IT in things surrounding you. because anyone who has a good life and has their basic needs fulfilled, should be able to find happiness in things like beautiful days and ice cream and flowers and saturday morning cartoons and family and friends and everything else their life has to offer them.
this IS how people become happy! and IMO if you have a good life (i mean your basic needs are being met and you don’t have any big outside issues and your mental state is good) but despite that you’re still unhappy, then you’ve got a severe case of ungratefulness. for reals.
MORAL OF STORY: i have random thoughts and you should go find your own happiness. and i’m speaking mostly to myself because i’ve been an annoying ungrateful person lately.