The pursuit of happiness is misguided
I guess I've pursued "happiness," in the form of usefulness and service to others. The world is also often equated with joy and I'm suspicious of joy because I'm not interested in experiencing the departure of joy if that makes sense. I think the stoic in me just prefers an even keel so I can get on with my work!
This is right on target. I see these comparisons to the Nordic countries happiness charts and the like and think it's a misguided target. Maybe content and a life well lived is a better goal.