No More People Pleasing!

‘What will they think of me?’ must be put aside for bliss.
— Joseph Campbell

According to Webster's, “bliss” means “complete happiness.” Others define it as utter contentment or spiritual joy.

When we think our happiness depends on what others think of us, we can tie ourselves in knots. Ultimately, we can lose ourselves completely, becoming little reaction machines, seeking to please all those around us. It's an impossible task.

When you worry about what others might think of you, you are living from a place of fear. What if you lived from love instead? If you really loved yourself, what would you do? What if, instead of trying to impress or please others, you simply allowed yourself to love them?

The way to find out about happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you are really happy — not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self-analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what is called following your bliss.
— Joseph Campbell