A short while ago I realized that people will never be perfectly happy. I also realized that’s perfectly fine and normal.
Some people naturally have an inclination towards happiness. Some people naturally have an inclination to negativity. Some people realize they’d be happy if only they could get to a particular stage in their life (more money, new car, promotion, etc.). While some of those things may make you happier in the moment, it’s dangerous to rely on those for your ultimate source of happiness.
We will never reach a state of 100% happiness. 100% can also be translated as a state of perfection. Perfect just doesn’t exist. Ever. There is good, really good, and perhaps even nearly perfect, but there is no perfect. There will always be room to improve. There will always be room to take things to the next level. There’s no doubt about that.
I like to say that perfect does not exist, but we should strive for it anyways. So why strive for something that doesn’t exist, you may ask. Striving for perfection (which doesn’t exist) means you are always in a state of improvement and a state of trying to make things better.
Related to happiness, you’ll never be perfectly happy. When you attain that new goal or desire, you can and should set your sights on the next goal. You can and should celebrate your achievement and get to work on what’s next on your list.
Don’t be fooled by perfection. We throw the word around as if we expect perfection, demand perfection, or have attained perfection. When we attain perfection, there’s no reason to continue. We might feel perfect in a given moment or scenario, but we should not stop there. We should always be aiming for what is next for ourselves.