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How to Break Free from the Cycle of Unfulfillment in Life (Part 1)

Ever found yourself in the middle of a beautiful moment, yet still feel like something was missing?

Perhaps this feeling lingers on, even when you have everything you thought you wanted in life. Why does this happen, and what's the harm in craving for more happiness?

Perhaps this feeling lingers on, even when you have everything you thought you wanted in life. Why does this happen, and what's the harm in craving for more happiness?

You see, life is like a puzzle, and constantly craving for happiness is like trying to fit the wrong piece into the wrong place all the time.

Why is this the case?

It’s because happiness cravings tend to cause people to spiral down into a deeper depression. It can lead to a loss of motivation, self-worth, and worsen relationships with loved ones.

And the sad thing is that many people don’t even realize that this is at the root of their unhappiness in life.

But what exactly is “happiness craving?” And how does understanding how to navigate this help you finally find the fulfilment you seek in life?

Join me in this exciting 8-part series that will guide you on a transformative journey to overcome happiness cravings and embrace a life filled with lasting contentment and fulfilment.

This captivating series will empower you with practical tools and strategies that will awaken your true potential, helping you create a balanced and joyful life. Imagine the impact on your well-being as you learn to navigate your emotions, form deeper connections, and discover your inner strength.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to unlock the keys to lasting happiness. Your journey towards a more fulfilling and content life starts here.

Are you in?

If yes, Let’s first start by considering the question…

Why might you fall into this trap of always seeking happiness?

The trap of seeking happiness at all costs often stems from the belief that happiness is the ultimate measure of success in life. This mindset can make it difficult to appreciate the present moment and the natural fluctuations of emotions that are part of the human experience.

When you believe that you must be happy all the time, it's easy to discount the value of other emotions. Life is full of ups and downs, and by expecting constant happiness, you might find yourself unprepared to cope with challenges and setbacks.

This constant pursuit can lead to feelings of inadequacy and dissatisfaction, which in turn can maintain or worsen depressive symptoms.

Moreover, the pursuit of happiness can become all-consuming, causing you to neglect other essential aspects of well-being, such as self-care, healthy relationships, and personal growth.

This unbalanced approach to life may lead to a constant craving for happiness, even when it comes at a high cost to your emotional and mental health.

10 Common reasons why people fall into the happiness craving trap

Briefly stated, here are 10 more common reasons for falling into this trap. I am listing them here so that you can see if one or a few of these are reasons for maintaining your depression


  1. Not being present in the moment and constantly seeking future happiness can result in an inability to appreciate the present and experience true contentment.
  2. The belief that you're not worthy of happiness may lead you to chase it externally, never feeling truly fulfilled and satisfied.
  3. Feeling a lack of meaning or purpose in life can drive you to seek happiness through external sources, perpetuating the endless pursuit.
  4. Pursuing constant happiness can be a defence mechanism to avoid showing vulnerability, which can lead to emotional suppression and a lack of genuine connection with others.
  5. Focusing on achieving specific outcomes for happiness can cause disappointment when those outcomes aren't met, fuelling the endless pursuit of happiness.
  6. The commercialization of happiness through self-help books, courses, and products can perpetuate the idea that happiness is something to be achieved, leading to a relentless pursuit.
  7. A disconnection from the natural world can lead to a limited understanding of the natural cycles of life, including the ebb and flow of emotions.
  8. The belief that personal accomplishments are the key to happiness can lead to constant striving and an inability to appreciate other aspects of life.
  9. Being surrounded by people who are constantly chasing happiness can influence you to adopt the same mindset, trapping you in the cycle.
  10. Confusing temporary pleasure with long-lasting happiness can lead to the constant pursuit of short-term gratification, neglecting deeper contentment and well-being.

What happens if you don’t consciously try to avoid this happiness craving trap?

You might be surprised to learn that research supports the idea that the pursuit of happiness can sometimes backfire. The study "Can Seeking Happiness Make People Unhappy? Paradoxical Effects of Valuing Happiness" by Mauss, Tamir, Anderson, and Savino (2011) found that valuing happiness could be self-defeating.

Participants who strongly valued happiness reported lower well-being when faced with low-stress conditions.

The authors suggested that placing a high importance on happiness could set unrealistic expectations, leading to disappointment and reduced well-being.

In another study, "The Unhappy Pursuit of Happiness" by Gruber, Mauss, and Tamir (2011), the researchers found that the pursuit of happiness could be associated with negative outcomes, such as increased loneliness and reduced social connectedness.

This study highlighted that the relentless search for happiness might inadvertently undermine the very social connections that contribute to genuine well-being.

A longitudinal study titled "The Longitudinal Impact of Positive Affect on Decision-Making" by Lench and Levine (2008) examined the relationship between positive affect (happiness) and decision-making.

The researchers found that experiencing happiness led to riskier decision-making, which might result in negative consequences over time. This suggests that an excessive focus on happiness could impair our ability to make sound judgments.

Bottom line…

When happiness becomes the primary focus, it can create unrealistic expectations and an unhealthy dependency on external factors. These factors are often temporary or fleeting, leaving one feeling unsatisfied and empty once the moment has passed. This cycle of constantly chasing happiness can exacerbate feelings of depression, as it reinforces the idea that happiness is elusive and that something is always missing.

Moreover, the pursuit of happiness may lead to neglecting essential aspects of well-being. In the quest for instant gratification, long-term emotional health and self-care may be overlooked. This neglect can cause further emotional turmoil and deepen the depressive state, making it more difficult to break free from the cycle of unhappiness.

Additionally, when happiness is pursued at all costs, it can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms and impulsive decisions. In an attempt to fill the void, people may turn to excessive spending, overeating, or other harmful behaviours, which can have long-lasting negative consequences on both mental and physical health.

To address the issue of happiness cravings in depression, it's essential to shift the focus from seeking happiness to cultivating a sense of contentment and balance. But how can you do this practically over the next seven day’s I will be revealing exactly how to do this practically. But, if you are like me and want access to helpful material in one go, You can access  all 7 parts right now in our Heal, Grow and Flourish Trauma Facebook Group.

What does happiness cravings have to do with trauma?

Trauma can cause a sense of disconnection from oneself and others, leading to feelings of loneliness, emptiness, and hopelessness.

These feelings can create a void that individuals attempt to fill by seeking out happiness in external sources such as relationships, material possessions, and other forms of gratification.

Unfortunately, these external sources of happiness are often fleeting, leaving individuals feeling even more empty and unfulfilled. The cycle of seeking happiness and feeling disappointed can become a perpetual cycle, leading to even deeper feelings of despair and hopelessness.

To break this cycle, individuals need to recognize the root cause of their happiness cravings, which is often linked to unresolved trauma.

This is why I am sharing this knowledge to help you in your journey to break free from the chains of Trauma in your life.

So you can join the Facebook group now and get access to the series, or just wait to read the content as it is posted on the site over the next seven days. Click here to make your request to join the Facebook group now. Click here to make your request to join the Facebook group now.

What's comming up next...

In tomorrow's article, I will be covering a very strange concept called the Headonic tredmill.

If you have ever been curious about why life can sometimes feel like running on a never-ending treadmill and why your happiness levels always tends to revert back to a baseline no mattaer how positive your life is right now.

Then tomorrow's article will help to give you a lot of answers.

You'll gain valuable insights into your own happiness patterns and learn how to break free from the unrelenting chase for fleeting joy.

This will empower you to build a more sustainable and deeply satisfying life.

So, make sure to come back tomorrow and (part 2) uncover the secrets of the hedonic treadmill – it's an eye-opening read you won't want to miss!

The rest of the article in this series...

Part 1: How to Break Free from the Cycle of Unfulfillment in Life (this article)

Part 2: The Secret to Living Your Best Life, Even with Depression

Part 3: How to stop overthinking: In 4 simple steps

Part 4: How to forgive yourself and let go of your past mistakes

Part 5: How to love yourself without becoming self-absorbed or narcissistic

Part 6: Overcoming decision-making paralysis

Part 7: How to Experience True Satisfaction from Value-Driven Living

Written by Adewale Ademuyiwa


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