Why Happiness As a Goal for Childhood is Bad

 

“It just doesn’t make me happy”, “He doesn’t make me happy anymore”, or, “You should quit, you deserve to be happy”, all common phrases that get tossed around these days. And while I’m not opposed to the fact that people deserve happiness, why are we constantly catering to happiness? Are we doing our children a disservice by encouraging their happiness above all else? If the goal is happiness all day every day, are we just learning to avoid the tough things in life? The following discusses a scenario that helps address these questions. 

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