Are You Chasing Happiness Or Is Happiness Chasing You?

Ever since Happiness heard your name It has been running through the streets trying to find you. ~ Hafiz 

So many of us were raised to believe that HAPPINESS is something we find somewhere outside ourselves and it’s something we find by doing more and having more, but is that really the case?

We are human beings, not human doings and we discover HAPPINESS not by chasing after all kind of material things, not that there is something wrong with having them, BUT by being still, by enjoying who we are, where we are and by enjoying what we already have right NOW in this moment. If you aren’t happy and content with your life right now, chances are that you won’t be happy and content when you will get all the things you are now chasing after. It’s how we humans are wired,  constantly looking for more, for something else, for something better and in this search of we forget to be present, we forget to enjoy life, we forget to be HAPPY, we forget to LIVE!

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. ~ Unknown

Are You Chasing Happiness Or Is Happiness Chasing You?

If we keep on pretending that HAPPINESS is somewhere out there and if we keep on living our lives on autopilot, HAPPINESS will be something we will rarely or never come into contact with, because you see, just like John Lennon said it,

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

And in the closing, I would like to share with you this really beautiful story I found a few years ago. Not sure who the author is but if you do feel free to share it with us all.

There were an old wise cat and a small kitten in an alleyway. The old cat saw the kitten chasing its tail and asked:

“Why are you chasing your tail?”

To it the kitten replied:

“I’ve been attending cat philosophy school and I have learned that the most important thing for a cat is happiness and that happiness is my tail. Therefore, I am chasing it: and when I catch it, I shall have happiness forever.”

Laughing, the wise old cat replied:

“My son, I wasn’t lucky enough to go to school, but as I’ve gone through life, I too have realized that the most important thing for a cat is happiness, and indeed that it is located in my tail.  The difference I’ve found though is that whenever I chase after it, it keeps running away from me, but when I go about my business and live my life, it just seems to follow after me wherever I go.”

~love, Luminita💫


Luminita D. Saviuc

Luminita is the Founder and Editor in Chief of and also the author of 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy: An Inspiring Guide to Discovering Effortless Joy. For more details check out the 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy Book Page.

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  • wanderingcbear

    at 3:56 pm

    This is wonderful! I needed to hear this lately. I love the cat story 🙂

  • MyHappinessExperiment

    at 9:44 am

    Great post – thank you. I love the cat’s tail-tale!

  • Carolyn Zeltner

    at 5:33 pm

    This is so true! I remember when I was still a teenager (decades ago) and listening to a married couple talk about how they kept pursuing happiness (once we own a home, once we have a baby, once the baby is potty-trained, etc.). They figured out that they were chasing false beliefs and that happiness will never be found outside of themselves. They were happy once they stopped searching in all of the wrong places. That conversation stuck with me, and I have reflected on it many times over the years.

  • Becky

    at 1:29 pm

    I know Wayne Dyer shared this story. Not sure he’s the author but he may have said who is. Good story!


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