Happiness or Success?

Some people wonder if they should pursue happiness or success. They think it is an either/or world; we work hard and sacrifice for our success and we enjoy happiness when we can. These people may only allow themselves to be happy two weeks a year when on holiday, or worse, decide to delay happiness until some specified point in the future.

It’s a shame.

Happiness is the point of our existence. It is not the goal, but is found in the every day experiences of working towards meaningful goals.

The joy is in the journey and reaching the goal can sometimes bring an emptiness we don’t expect. We stop and wonder, …. Now what do we do? Is this all there is?

Have you noticed that a surprising number of famous people at the peak of their careers are not happy? Sometimes, they are so unhappy they commit suicide. It is possible to have everything you have ever wanted and to be a success in the eyes of the world and yet life can seem meaningless. Success is not a guarantee of happiness.

If you are successful and not happy, is that really success?If you are a happy even though you are not seen as successful, isn’t that its own type of success?

Bertrand Russell wrote, “The happiness that is genuinely satisfying is accompanied by the fullest exercise of our faculties and the fullest realisation of the world in which we live”.

Happiness isn’t a destination, it’s a journey. It is using our talents and abilities and making a difference in the world

And happy people are much more likely to be successful. Happiness can definitely be found on the road to success. If it isn’t found on the road you are on, … maybe …. just maybe …you are on the wrong road.


Boost your Happiness Immediately

Happiness can seem fleeting but since it really is a state of mind there are things we can do immediately to change our happiness levels.  Here is one that may seem surprising.

Life up the corners of your mouth. That's it..... Just act like you are smiling and your body thinks you are. There is a physiological effect that makes you instantly feel happier.

Yesterday I was out walking without a coat and it began raining. I began to get wet and soggy and I was feeling rather sorry for myself. I tried this little trick and it worked for me just like it has in the past.
Just try it....

And ... let me know how it works for you.

Inspiring Thoughts on Happiness

and how to bring more happiness into your life.

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