Does Happiness Fuel Success?

Does happiness fuel success?  If you interviewed 100 successful people, you may be surprised that a large percentage of them are not as happy as you think they ought to be. They may have impressive sounding job titles, big bank accounts, cars, boats, luxury homes, and pearly white teeth for those social media selfies, but these are just window dressings.

Does Happiness Fuel success?
Unhappy? There is Hope ...

Unhappiness is knowing that you have everything a “successful” person should have but realizing there is a void that needs to be filled. It may require facing a lifelong fear, making amends, or pursuing a passion instead of a career plan.

Perhaps it’s the realization that you’ve lost a bit of yourself along the way and it’s time to take care of your mental and physical health. You may or may not know what it is, and that’s okay. Simply being open to the idea that a piece of your puzzle is missing will get you moving forward in life. There is hope.  

Does Happiness Fuel Success?
What's It To You?

Before going any further, ask yourself the following questions: How do I define MY happiness? How do I define MY success? Does happiness fuel success?  It can be a career (lucrative or not), starting a business, having more time, serving a higher purpose, earning a college degree, mastering a trade, overcoming a challenge, improving mental and physical health …you get the idea.

Does Happiness Fuel Success?
Happiness is ...

·       Happiness Leads to More Productivity – When people are happy with their life work, they tend to be willing to do it a lot more, free of charge. Assuming other needs (food, shelter, health) are met, a happy person can focus fully on being in the moment instead of worrying about making ends meet. No matter the task or activity, better focus equals better results. So if results equal success, you’re successful in this example. 

·       Happiness Leads to Higher Profits – I feel the need to comment on happiness in business. When companies offer a living wage, benefits, open/two-way communication, and a flexible schedule, employees are happier and feel valued. This increases their loyalty to the company, which leads to higher profits.  Happy employees are also more creative and have better problem-solving skills, increasing profitability. I’ve witnessed this firsthand while working for great and terrible companies. I can’t remember a time when I thought about problem solving on behalf of a crappy employer.   

·       Happiness Leads to Stability – When people are happy, they tend to be a lot more stable, stick to tasks longer, and are more likely to complete assignments. In addition, they are less tempted to look elsewhere for the next shiny new job title - reducing turnover. 

·       Happiness Is Not About Wealth – Everyone knows someone who has plenty of money but is not happy and maybe even hateful. They seem to have everything but happiness. Because of this fact, it’s clear that being happy doesn’t always directly correlate with one’s bank account balance. Do you really think having more money for “retail therapy” is a viable solution? 

·       But Happiness IS About Health - If you’re happy today, you’re more likely to take better care of yourself – physically and mentally. This will continue the cycle by adding fuel to your happiness.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

·       Happiness Colors the Lens Through Which You See Life – The surprising truth about happiness is that it will affect how you see everything in the world. You’ll be able to pick out the most positive things no matter the situation. Your mind will be open to discovering possibilities instead of looking for negativity.

·       Happiness is About Peace – Happiness is all about doing what feels right. I’m not telling you to quit what you’re doing the minute you become anxious or experience a roadblock. I’m simply suggesting you follow your gut.

·       Happiness is Not a Pursuitit’s a result, a byproduct of doing the right thing for yourself and others. I believe we must leave the confines of our minds and focus on the needs of others by offering our assistance and relief. When you focus on the fact that it isn’t all about you, when you decide to become a participant in this world instead of an angry spectator, only then will you experience true happiness.

The question remains, Does Happiness Fuel Success? Like most things in life, it’s a matter of perspective

After years of squirreling wisdom, I’ve arrived at the following conclusion: HAPPINESS IS SUCCESS.

I’m proud of this epiphany.  ~Ted Stefanski 


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