Happiness as a Mood

Undoubtedly, the TV show containing the best voiceover quotes of all time is One Tree Hill. I don’t even watch the show but I repeatedly find myself Youtubing the best OTH quotes, there are just so many of them. Yesterday I came across a quote that stuck with me a little bit, so I thought about it more because it just made perfect sense to me.

One of the characters was explaining to his GF that he was thinking about the concept of happiness and a common misconception of it that actually causes less happiness. The way the character explained it was that people always speak of happiness as an end-goal, a destination. We always hear people say that one of their goals in life is to be happy. This happiness could come from having your dream job, financial security, a healthy family, and spiritual peace. The character explained that this is the wrong way to look at the concept of happiness. Life always comes with ups and downs and happiness is never permanent. The more we think about happiness in this way, the more we are setting ourselves up for disappointment because even after we have our family, our income, and our dream car, we’re still gonna feel unhappy every once in a while.

The dude from OTH described it best when he said that “happiness is a mood, not a destination”. We can strive to be happy all we want, but once we get those things that we think will make us happy, we’re still going to feel unhappy at some point in our life. And that’s ok. Just as it is okay to feel hungry every once in a while,┬áit is okay to feel unhappy and miserable sometimes. We need to come to realize that we aren’t always going to be satisfied. Once we come to this realization, we lower our expectations. If anything, anything at all, this might even bring us more happiness. All we have to remember is that it’ll be temporary, and that’s perfectly okay because “happiness is a mood, not a destination.”

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Happiness as a Mood

Pakistani Drama Fever

It’s no surprise that Pakistani dramas have made their way to Netflix. It’s also no surprise that I haven’t left my apartment in days. I never seen a Pakistani drama before this past week, and now I’m completely addicted. This is going to sound like the aunty in me coming out, but here it goes …

I just binge watched Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzar Hai over the last 6 days or so. That’s a little over 40 hours of my life (in the last week). I laid in my bed in front of my television with a cup of chai and cake rusk, it just does not get more aunty than that. I might have lost a shit ton of man points admitting all of this, but I was not bored for a second.

Humsafar was great, it does not get any better than Mahira and Fawad. It also kinda made me realize that extremely innocent people exist and that’s kinda what I need in life, lolz. As good as these dramas are, they’re also extremely stressful and make me want to give the characters a pep talk and perhaps a slap in the face *cough Ashar cough*. Despite me wanting to pull my hair out half the time, these two dramas are definitely worth the watch.

ZGH was dope too. The story is great and the pacing is amazing. In the course of an episode, literally 10 life changing things would occur. I’m now on a mission to find the next drama that will keep me in my bed for the next couple of days. If anyone has any good suggestions, lmk.

Pakistani Drama Fever