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Thriving on challenges

February 29, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In his book, Happier¸ Tal Ben-Shahar says, “Without a long-term purpose, devoid of challenge, life ceases to feel meaningful to us; we cannot find happiness if we exclusively seek pleasure and avoid pain.” (p. 21)

In other words…

Humans thrive on challenges. The more effort we put into something the greater our sense of accomplishment is. When things are given to us with no effort required on our part, we quickly become bored and unsatisfied. We often find the most satisfaction in life when we have to work for what we want.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

What activities in your life are a challenge you? Don’t be afraid of a challenge that might require some work on your part. Try to find activities that use your strengths while you work.

To Find Out More…
about personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You can also read Happier.

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