13 Paradoxes You Can Use To Improve Your Life Today

Life isn’t as logical as we may think

Tom Stevenson


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A lot of the most important truths in life are those that are contradictory on the surface.

While they may appear to be impossible, with time they are often proved right through experience.

I would class myself as a logical person, so when presented with some of these paradoxes I was initially sceptical.

But the truth is, life is often illogical, paradoxical, and just downright strange.

There are a lot of things in life that don’t appear to make much sense on the surface. But once you get under their skin and take a closer look, you realise that there is some substance there after all.

Reality is not bound to logic. There are limits to logic, and this is where paradoxes come into play.

There are a number of times I have looked back on events in my life and wondered how things transpired when it would appear they should have turned out differently.

A lot of these moments were due to the paradoxes I describe below. They may be counter-intuitive, but they hold true when they are put to the test.

If you can understand these paradoxes and use to them your benefit, your life will be all the better for it.

13. The Pursuit of Happiness makes you unhappy

I have written previously about my struggles with happiness, and whether I will ever achieve it.

I pursued happiness like an addict pursues their next hit. I tried everything to try and be happy, but no matter what I tried, it didn’t make happy.

In fact, the opposite happened, it made me miserable.

I was pursuing happiness for the sake of it, there was no meaning behind my pursuit. I just wanted to be happy, but you can’t be happy simply by chasing it.

I think the best way to describe happiness is from this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.

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