This article from The Atlantic really hit home because it’s what I’ve always known — stop chasing happiness, find meaning in your life instead.
You need to feel good about yourself in being a valued, appreciated, contributing member of your family & society, and when you are able to do that, you will be happy.
The main area that people draw on to find meaning is where we spend most of our time, and that currently, is work at 40 hours a week in a 168 hour work week (a good chunk of that is sleeping of which not much meaning can be found).
We spend a lot of time making money to live.
We draw a lot of meaning out of our work and what we do, which is why we’re so proud when we announce that we’re so-and-so at this-and-that company.
I’m of the mindset that we work to live, not live to work. Sometimes I fall into the “live to work” category when I get caught up, but ultimately I am in the “work to live” camp.
I’m fine with taking time off to not work and not making an income either voluntarily or because of economic reasons (e.g. can’t find work), but there are some people out there who can’t deal with that kind of mindset at all and work to the bone.
Lots of people who are rich, report feeling empty or unfulfilled particularly when they have not worked for those riches (inheritance, or parents are rich).
They don’t report feeling or finding happiness until they start finding actual meaning in their life, and in some cases, that includes finding a job so that you feel valued and appreciated by others; not just because you have money.
A sense of accomplishment comes from actually accomplishing something.
Money doesn’t buy everything.
It can’t buy you a successful, perfect life, and it can’t buy you a fulfilled, happy life — that is only something that you can build by yourself, through your own hard work to achieve those results.
Otherwise, life would be pretty empty, even if you are surrounded by plenty.
What do you think?