How can I be happy?

We all have different ideas about what makes us happy – what will help us to have flourishing lives. For humanists, that is just fine. Humanists do not think that any one way of living and gaining fulfilment is the right one. People sometimes spend their lives searching for ‘the real me’. They worry that their personalities are unfixed, or they lack self-esteem or confidence. But our personalities do change with experience and circumstances: they depend on a complex mixture of what we inherit genetically from our parents and our environment and each one of us is unique.

You are an intelligent human being. Your life is valuable for its own sake. You are not second-class in the universe, deriving meaning and purpose from some other mind. You are not inherently evil - you are inherently human, possessing the positive rational potential to help make this a world of morality, peace and joy. Trust yourself. Dan Barker, humanist and former preacher
 

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