Victor Frankl, a famous existentialist, philosopher and psychiatrist, suggested that a lot of people in today’s time suffer from Sunday neurosis. The whole week goes by in work and responsibilities, and it is on Sunday that we realize how mundane and empty we feel. To get away from this feeling, we indulge in eating, shopping or some other compensating behaviour and thus, start a new week withholding our emptiness, therefore crashing one day, with either depression or suicide or both.
On International day of happiness, let’s look at why we are not happy. Under the #battletheblues campaign, we have discovered that way too many of us feel depressed and empty inside.
The only solution to emptiness is to find meaning. What really matters to you? Do you do a job where you are crushing your passion, your values everyday? Are you stuck with a loveless marriage?
As much as these external situations influence our meaning of life and happiness, it is quite a lot of time internal too. In his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Dr. Frankl points out that even in a concentration camp, people could find purpose and be happy. No matter what else your environment is doing to you, you have the ultimate choice of deciding your viewpoint, your attitude to life, your coloured glass through which you will see the world.
You could think that you can’t help but continue the way you do, and keep grumbling about life, or you could change tacks and tell yourself that things much worse could happen, and then look for ways to make the world a better, more meaningful place to be in. So, would you go for meaning, or emptiness? For Sunday fulfillment, or for Sunday neurosis?