In my philosophy class, we talked about Aristotle and how he defined true happiness. For him, true happiness is acquired when you know yourself and accomplish yourself and false happiness is simply people that don't know themselves and think they are happy without being it really.
The other source of information that pushed me to ask is this video from actualized.org How to get shit done In his video he suggests that you will get happiness by transforming your dreams into results. The video isn't about this subject, he just hovers over the subject with this statement.
Basically, all this is suggesting to me: "You aren't happy, act like this so you will get happier but doing this will require a lot of effort during the process." I have no problems making efforts to be rewarded after but I need confirmation that I'm not doing all that for nothing and for now, my only confirmations are subjective speeches from people. What I want is the rational explanation behind those statements.
How does living a pathetic life where you don't realise your dreams without knowing/voluntarily ignoring you could have a better life is worse than having a good life with mass results?
The thing is, my current answer to this question is the exact opposite of my answer to the "Should I take drugs questions ?" question. I don't do drugs because, while knowing it could give me extra pleasure, I don't need this extra pleasure since I've never experienced it. Plus, it would bring me additional problems in my life.
I can think the same with self-accomplishment. Why would I accomplish myself if I've never experienced true happiness so I don't need it? Plus, the efforts required to do so will be painful.
Of course, I don't think "this is right", this is just the argument I think about when I want to be lazy but if I could counter this argument with a rational explanation, I could motivate myself even more to make the effort to realise my dreams.