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The Greatest Enemy of Happiness

rsz_fear(1)What is the greatest cause of unhappiness? Spiritual teachers and researchers alike say that fear is the greatest enemy. Unhappiness and fear walk hand in hand. Fear causes paralysis, stops us in our tracks and steals our joy. Conquer your fears and a blissful life is yours. Most of us, however, avoid our fears. Fear, after all, is scary. When we do look, we don’t look for long. Our most deeply entrenched and damaging fears often start in childhood. Most are linked to survival (which is why we hang on to them for dear life!) and most are not rational. As children, for example, if we believe that our parents don’t love or approve of us in some significant way, we develop a fear that no one will. This fear, carried into adulthood, causes us to seek love or approval, sometimes at any cost. That’s not a happy life. Other big fears include the fear of failure, abandonment, rejection, death, not being enough and not having enough. What are your biggest fears? What do you worry about most when it comes to your relationships, your career, your finances and your health? Where in life do you feel most stuck? Make looking at, questioning and unraveling your fears a top priority. Have the courage to leave your fears behind. This is your ticket to a happy life.

Life Lessons:
Fear blocks happiness. Conquer your fears (especially the big ones!) and happiness is yours.


4 Responses to "The Greatest Enemy of Happiness"

  1. Reply Patti Pokorchak Posted on May 14, 2014 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Great article Liz and so true. Too many live in fear rather than in happiness. Fear gets smaller each time you challenge it.

    ‘Face your fears and do it anyway’ is apparently the definition of courage, as well as the title of Susan Jeffers’ book.

    From my experience when at the age of 25 when I had to choose to stay and be part of the standard MBA career path OR take my life’s savings and live life without regrets – facing that huge fear was big BUT the fear of regret was even bigger. Then facing the fear of staying and working in Europe by myself, was so much easier to do.

    • Reply Liz Pearson Posted on May 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for sharing Patti. There is no question that fear is a powerful force in our lives and one we want to pay attention to.

  2. Reply Richard Posted on June 2, 2014 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    As I was reading your post I was thinking about fear keeps us from starting or trying so many things in life. But often times we don’t see the place we are in as bad necessarily or are comfortable with the current situation. So maybe comfort is like a gateway drug for fear.

    • Reply Liz Pearson Posted on June 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      I love that… “comfort is like a gateway drug for fear”. It’s so true. That’s why I always say get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It’s the only way to grow and change! Thanks for your thoughts.

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