The backwards law: Chasing happiness makes you miserable

There are two kinds of wanting: one that makes you miserable and one that brings you peace. Here’s the difference.

This paradox feels like a flaw:
Alan Watts even called it a law.
The more that you chase
Your joy, love, or grace
The more that it seems to withdraw.

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