Happiness, the real and lasting kind, arises from within, and it comes from being able to experience and enjoy the important things in life.
There are those who—in spite of not being able to pursue the career of their dreams—find happiness in many other things in life, such as pursuing a hobby, playing a sport, or simply enjoying the company of their family and friends.
As you examine happiness you realize that balance has an important part to play. Maybe you’ve got your dream job, but you don’t have time to yourself or your family and friends slowly drain your energy.
Balance isn’t something that you earn from working hard.
It’s something that every person needs regardless of age or social status. Balance is a key to happiness. According to a new survey we are waking up to that fact and are beginning to care more about our passion than our possessions.
Here is what Carolyn Gregoire, an associate Lifestyle Editor at the Huffington Post, has to say about putting premium in pursuing your passions rather than wealth.
Despite recent research suggesting that money can in fact buy happiness, more Americans are redefining success and happiness in a way that doesn’t involve wealth…
…The floundering economy and high unemployment rates have played a role in changing attitudes towards wealth and success. While 43 percent of Americans say they’ve experienced a financial setback, more than half say that such experiences have helped them realize what’s important in life, and 42 percent say that the obstacle has opened their eyes to new experiences.
Rising work stress levels may also be playing a part in the shift away from a wealth-based notion of success. Eight in 10 employed Americans say that they’re stressed about work, with poor compensation and an unreasonable workload tied as the number-one occupational stressors.
“The world needs women to redefine success beyond money and power,” Huffington wrote in a Wall Street Journal blog. “We need a third metric, based on our well-being, our health, our ability to unplug and recharge and renew ourselves, and to find joy in both our job and the rest of our life. Ultimately, success is not about money or position, but about living the life you want, not just the life you settle for.”
Prioritizing the pursuit of joy may not only boost well-being, but can actually spur success: A 2005 study found that happy people are generally successful in work, relationships and health (and they may also enjoy better sleep). Continue reading here…
Experiencing happiness in life could indeed be a factor in becoming successful and productive in the workplace. In fact according to many in the positive psychology field it not only could be a factor, it is the factor in becoming truly successful, beyond the superficial trappings of success.
In perusing a passion which makes us happy is the definition of success because the path and the goal transcend one another.
What are you passionate about? Do you desire to be happy? Happiness is pursuing your passion—whatever it may be.