Stephen Schlaks, Vince Tempera. Start today by asking God to show you what true, lasting happiness … Searching for Happiness by Martin Thielen is an easily understandable mixture of philosophy, scriptural references and anecdotal stories that explain what it takes to be happy and why. “Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.” – Chuang Tzu. Recently I’ve been contemplating giving up on the modern world and moving to a cabin in the woods. Rather, happiness is an inside job. 1. Happiness is the key to living a worthwhile and fulfilling life, and I hope, in my lifetime, to uncover what kind of lifestyle maximizes my happiness and why. Scott Barry Kaufman at Scientific American (2016) outlines these distinctions that Baumeister and his fellow researchers found between the two: Sometimes the only thing you can do is to just stop searching. 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