We usually think of happiness in a positive sense, meaning that by adding certain elements to our lives the state of happiness will be attained. And that might be money, possessions, knowledge, fame, recognition, friends, or whatever. But maybe we’ve been going about it all wrong. Happiness through subtraction rather than happiness through addition seems counterintuitive but especially in the context of feelings thoughts and emotions, sometimes it’s getting rid of the ones that are hurting us that causes happiness rather than adding the ones that could help us. It’s hard to feel free and light with a baggage weighing you down, and the case could be made that all of the things you are attempting to add to your life in order to be happy will just end up burdening you more.