Between Happiness And Success Which Do You Prefer And Why?
Have you considered happiness and success as a topic before? Consider this: does happiness cause success, or does success cause happiness? Most of us have been raised to believe that if we study hard, get good grades, get into a reputable university, graduate, and get a good job, we will be happy. Is this, however, the case?
A plethora of neuroscience and psychology studies show that happiness leads to increased productivity, profits, and success rates. In other words, rather than becoming happy after reaching a certain milestone, happiness contributes more to success than success contributes to happiness. Being’ successful’ does not guarantee happiness. After all, most of us know someone who is financially successful and has a large bank account but is unhappy.
Consider a new car you recently purchased. It most likely gave you a brief burst of happiness as you drove it. However, after a while, the joy you derived from owning and driving that car faded quickly, and you no longer felt the excitement and satisfaction you felt when you first drove it. The same holds true for a new job, a promotion at work, a new home, new clothes, an expensive watch, and so on.
Material wealth is frequently used as a metric of success. Despite this, many people who have material wealth are unhappy. Most of these people followed the tradition of diligently studying, getting into a good college, securing a good job, working hard, buying nice things, all in the hope of being happy, only to discover that the happiness they derive from their ‘success’ is fleeting and temporary.
With my submission, which one will you prefer? Let’s hear from you.
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