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Success Does Not Create Happiness

Success Does Not Create Happiness

“Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.” – Doris Mortman


In a world that often equates success with happiness, true fulfillment doesn’t solely depend on external achievements.


I’m not saying that creating success and having things, traveling, calling your own shots is bad. The old saying is, “If I’m going to be miserable, I’d rather be miserable rich than miserable poor.” Not a bad saying. But how many do you know are miserable whether they are successful or not? Rich or poor.


Here are some thoughts on the “how to” of embracing happiness beyond success.


1.) Prioritize self-awareness. Take the time to introspect and discern what truly brings you joy and fulfillment. Understand your values, passions, and desires beyond societal expectations or material pursuits. By aligning your actions with your authentic self, you pave the way for genuine happiness.


2.) Cultivate gratitude. Train your mind to appreciate the abundance in your life, regardless of your external circumstances. Gratitude shifts your focus from what you lack to what you have, building a sense of contentment and fulfillment in the present moment.


3.) Nurture meaningful relationships. Invest time and energy into building connections with loved ones, friends, and community members. Human connection is a fundamental source of happiness, offering support, belonging, and shared experiences that enrich our lives.


4.) Embrace resilience and adaptability. Understand that setbacks and failures are inevitable on the journey towards success. Instead of viewing them as obstacles, see them as opportunities for growth and learning. Cultivate resilience to bounce back stronger and adaptability to navigate life’s twists and turns with grace.


5.) Practice mindfulness and being present. Engage fully in each moment, savoring the simple joys of life. Mindfulness allows you to let go of worries about the future or regrets about the past, anchoring you in the beauty of the present moment where true happiness resides.


6.) Set meaningful goals aligned with your values. Instead of chasing external markers of success dictated by society, define success on your own terms. Set goals that honor your passions, contribute to your growth, and bring fulfillment, regardless of societal expectations.


7.) Finally, prioritize self-care. Take care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Prioritize activities that replenish your energy, bring you joy, and nourish your soul. Self-care is not selfish; it’s essential for maintaining balance and cultivating happiness in your life.


While success is a worthy pursuit, it’s essential to recognize that it’s not the ultimate determinant of happiness. By prioritizing self-awareness, gratitude, meaningful relationships, resilience, mindfulness, meaningful goals, and self-care, you can embrace happiness beyond success and lead a more fulfilling, purpose-driven life.

By: Barry Eisen

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