Happiness and Success

Happiness is defined as “a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources.”

Happiness is a concept or at least an ideal that most people strive for. The concept of being happy is very personal and sometimes fickle since it is based on an emotional state. Nonetheless we all aspire to be happy through success, for example “I will be happy once I get the job of my dreams”, “Happiness is when my life is going well”, “If I am able to have one child i will be happy”, but life passes by for everyone that wishes to be happy when and if only something happens, and we end up frustrated.

Studies have shown that happiness does not come from success but most likely vice versa, success comes from happiness. As Dr Lyubomirski clearly states “We found that this isn’t always true. Positive affect is one attribute among several that can lead to success-oriented behaviors. Other resources, such as intelligence, family, expertise and physical fitness, can also play a role in people’s successes”. This is true, happiness is influenced by many factors but also our entire lives are affected by our mood. We feel more active and productive when our mood is positive, happiness just changes our view of everything and gives us strength to tackle whatever the day or life has for us, good or bad.

Since life and circumstances are ever changing we must dig into our own souls and bring happiness from within because that is the real key to success. In short words, happiness brings more happiness and ultimately a life, although unpredictable and somethings challenging, yet joyful and worth living. Not an easy task but definitely worth it!

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