In the article on the “Four Levels of Happiness,” we indicated that one of the levels of happiness would become dominant in our lives.
When it does, it takes on greater significance over the course of time and eventually, it becomes our meaning or purpose in life. If we live for this purpose long enough, it becomes our identity—it becomes us.
It is almost impossible to avoid making one of these levels of happiness dominant because in various situations the levels of happiness will conflict with one another, and when they do, we have to make the decision—we have to choose one over the other.
How do we do this? Read Father Spitzer's article "Escaping Your Personal Hell" here.