“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer.
Is there a correlation between success and happiness?
We have not come here in this world by our choice nor will we leave this world by our wish. We’re all tourists in this wonderful world. No one is gonna live permanently. We ultimately experience this One supreme Power that controls this universe, maintaining us.So this thought create a feeling that we are living here temporarily in this world. Joy and sorrow are the part and parcel of life. Being optimist genrates the feeling of hope and inner peace. It helps us to motivate ourselves and overcome stress and grief. Positive attitude leads you to take better decisions finally to achieve “SUCCESS and HAPPINESS”.
Metaphorically, the sun is a daily reminder that we too can rise again from the darkness, that we too can shine our own light.” As the negative and positive thoughts are always battling with each other, trying to win over the other but when we are optimistic, a positive feeling wins the game by making us more confident, brave, calm and content. Nelson Mandela’s quote goes well with it, “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
The definition of happiness vary from person to person. As some are happy with less, but some with more. Although this is not the true definition of happiness.The real happiness merges from within ourselves in satisfactory appreciation with whatever we have. When we were young, we used to be happy with little things.. gradually we have set the criteria for ideal happiness that if I will have a car, big house, good job then only I will i be happy. These things become obstacles in achieving peace and happiness. If we set a condition with our happiness then we will never ever be happy in spite of having all goodness. Unconditional happiness is essential for true happiness.These are the reasons, most of the children are not happy with their parents, the reason is the they have made the condition that if I will get so and so thing then only will become happy, so we are focusing on the things about which we are sure. And waste their precious life moments, just overlooking the plenty of goodness in it because we try to see the happiness through our covered lens so we are unable to see any goodness.
As it is said’Peace begins when expectation ends’..This quote exactly fits in our day to day life. We expect too much from others but are unaware that they are also expecting the same from us. The modern society has no doubt changed completely; changing life style has distorted out mindset. The changing world is the world of new idealogy “More and More” . This has made the people selfish and self centred.
We should understand that every moment of our lives we can include happiness only if we take things in a positive manner. We shouldn’t depend on something or someone to make us happy. As it is rightly said by William James : “Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives”.May God make us from among those who brighten up another person’s path with happiness, even when our own is clouded with darkness. But that’s the moment we feel the “True Happiness” emerging from within us.
What do you define as happiness and success in your own life?
Happiness and success are nebulous terms that get thrown around a lot in the self improvement circles. They are the ultimate goals in life. The only things that truly matter.Or so they say.But do any of us really know what we mean when we say we want these things?
How will we know once we reach our goal of becoming happy and successful? What will we do after we achieve these things? Just kick back and do nothing, waiting for death, our job as a human being now complete?How do we know we aren’t already happy and successful?
I’m not going to sit here and waste time trying to define these terms for you. Look them in a dictionary if you want a bland, sterile definition. Don’t bother doing that though. We all have some internal sense of direction towards happiness and success. With each event that occurs in our lives, we intuitively know if it is moving us closer or further away. That’s good enough for me.
The above quote is a common misconception that people have. Just find a way to make yourself happy and you will be a success. Maybe some people feel that way, but I don’t want to be the happiest homeless man begging for change on the highway off ramp. Success, defined as happiness, could even be achieved chemically through alcohol, heroin, or other destructive and non-successful indulgences.
So what’s missing? Meaning.Happiness without meaning is not success.People also make the opposite mistake. They think that once they become successful, whatever that means, then they will be happy. They put in long hours at the office. Lie, cheat, steal, kiss ass. The ends justify the means, they think. We all know the cliche of the rich man, seemingly at the top of the world, who realizes that he still isn’t happy. It is a cliche for a reason, because it teaches an important lesson that many of us are all too willing to ignore.
Material success without happiness is not true success. So a lack of happiness makes you unsuccessful. A lack of success can certainly make you unhappy. Happiness alone doesn’t make you successful. Success alone doesn’t make you happy. So what do we do?
Balance happiness and success while doing something meaningful. Meaningful is something we all have to define for ourselves as we all value different things in the world. Balance is the key here. Hedonistic pleasure seeking lacks meaning and therefore does not make us feel successful. Ruthless competition and chasing material rewards doesn’t leave room for the things that make us happy in life.
So where am I going with this? What is the magical key to success and happiness and a life of unending pleasure, meaning, and satisfaction?
I don’t know, I’m just some guy on the internet. …This is something that I think about a lot though. People seem to think of happiness and success as destinations. A goal they can someday reach if they do and think and say and believe the right things. I’ve listened to a lot of interviews with successful people and they they are asked who they think of as successful, I’ve never heard anyone mention themselves. People with success beyond our wildest dreams don’t yet think they’ve reached that elusive destination we call success. They’re still on the path towards it. The same is true for happiness.
We are all much happier and more successful than other people in the world in certain ways. Many of us are currently much happier and successful than we ourselves once were. Still we want and strive for more. I think of success and happiness as a direction rather than a destination. No matter how long I travel towards the east, I will never get to a place called “east”. This is just a metaphor, there may be a geographic point on earth where east becomes west, but don’t worry about that.
You can continue to get closer and closer to happiness and success for all eternity without reaching your destination. This is because they are moving targets, constantly redefined based upon our current position. I realize that this is where my math metaphor falls apart, but don’t worry about that.
We can and should continue striving for both, despite, or even because of, the fact that we will never actually get there. Striving after a worthy goal, typically one that increases our happiness and success, is what gives our lives meaning. The goal itself changes constantly over time. The pursuit is the constant. A life with nothing to pursue would not be very interesting at all. Find your pursuit.