I read your essay and loved how you put it:
I believe that happiness is merely a byproduct of usefulness.
What makes it interesting to me is your bold statement of turning the commonplace notion of utilitarian view of happiness on its head & declare that, it is not for us to use happiness as a ruse for being useful, rather be useful first and therein lies the source of happiness.
This is a great point, Darius! In the discourse of happiness, this fundamental point is often missed: which is why in almost every definition of happiness we get to see or every measurement we get to see, there is a subjective evaluation of oneself, and aim to define what is the “utility value” of happiness, when it should be the other way round. Glad I found your article!
Keep up the good work. I will keenly watch your writing.