What Thanos Can Teach Us About Happiness & Accepting Criticism

Recently, Thanos became a famous world-known super-villain when he appeared in the Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Marvels gave a “human” aspect to Thanos when they explained his values and motivations. Sure, Thanos wiped out half of living beings in the universe, but he did it because he wanted to bring back balance to the universe, which would otherwise self-destroy itself.

Happiness According To Thanos & How He Accepts Criticism

In one of the scenes, Gamora, daughter of Thanos, confesses to him how she hated him every moment of her life ever since he conquered her home planet and enslaved her, making her at this point his “daughter.” Taught parenting, I know. Still, Thanos admits that he always knew how she felt, but he did not let this criticism to get to his hand. He wanted to make Gamora the most formidable warrior in the universe, even potentially groom her to be his successor.

He is driven by a higher purpose that exceeded any preoccupation with self-image, and he did not care what other people thought about him. He was on a mission, no hard feelings, even if you are dead. Thanos never took anything personal (except maybe in the end on Avengers: Endgame, where he admits to being annoyed by the Avengers). Still, Thanos’ purpose exceeds everything, and he is not distracted by criticism from people who don’t like him killing them, conquering their planets, or even his family and subordinates. He paid the ultimate price for his dream.

Thanos’ built The Infinity Gauntlet and joined all the Infinity Stones to achieve his goal. The pursuit of that greatness made Thanos happy, as when we are living under our highest ideals and deepest values, we are delighted. It doesn’t even matter if other people don’t like our goals. It’s our purpose, and we should do whatever it takes to achieve them, as this is where we will find most life fulfillment and happiness. 

Sure, preferably, our goals should not make other people suffer, but most people don’t have any big life goals. Sure, they have some immediate (reactive) goals, like to figure out what they will eat for dinner and what time to meet their friends, or goals that are imposed on us by our society, such as go to uni, buy a house, start family, etc., which usually help to push someone else’s agenda, not our own. This is why, in my coaching, I am so focused on finding people’s purposes. Most people spend most of their lives not knowing what that purpose is, and their lives feel that much insignificant and unhappy because of it. Do you know your life purpose? 

Ultimate Thanos Parenting Style

In my writing, I focus on how we become our current selves (often not as happy as we could ultimately be) and what we can do to become our ultimate versions of ourselves. Essentially, information is the key. By changing what we know, we can change how we perceive the world. Get the right information and change how you feel. This is a big part of my coaching

In the case of daughters of Thanos, Gamora, and Nebula, they were taught to be ruthless and always achieve what they aim for. This is a better education than most parents nowadays provide. Sure, it leaves a child with many trauma and “daddy issues” in two daughters’daughters’ cases. It is better than current education because most people don’t know how to raise their children most efficiently. They give no direction, leave them to do what they want, spoil them, and don’t set any goals for them to achieve, making them strive for excellence. Indeed, there is a genius in every one of us, and it takes courage, discipline, and vision to liberate this genius. We need firm guidance to achieve the levels of Thanos. So is the ruthless, heartless, sadistic, and a bad parent? Or is he the most caring parent you will see? I’m sure that we can learn a few things from Thanos about parenting, goal setting, happiness, and having a bigger vision in life. Wouldn’t you agree with me (or Thanos)?

Roman Russo

Roman Russo

Roman Russo is the visionary founder, senior happiness coach, and Chief Happiness Officer of Optimal Happiness. He has written the revolutionary Optimal Happiness: The Fastest and Surest Way to Reach Your Happiest Potential, a must-read book about achieving our happiest potential. After researching this field for over eight years, Roman is confident that anyone can become happy and invites us to undertake this transformation. Are you ready to start living the life you always meant to live?

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