Most common belief is that “When I get ___, I will be happy, or When I achieve ___, I will be happy.”. But the reality is that, happiness gained in such manner tend do disappear very quickly.
Happiness is really just about four things: perceived control, perceived progress, connectedness (number and depth of your relationships), and vision/meaning (being part of something bigger than yourself).
Self actualization is the ultimate form of happiness according to Maslow’s hierarchy.
The passion type of happiness is also known as flow, where peak performance meets peak engagement, and time flies by.
The higher-purpose type of happiness is about being part of something bigger than yourself that has meaning to you. Research has shown that of the three types of happiness, this is the longest lasting. What I find interesting is that many people go through life chasing after the pleasure type of happiness, thinking that once they are able to sustain that, then they will worry about the passion and, if they get around to it, look for their higher purpose.
Start asking yourself the right questions.
- Are you working toward maximizing your happiness each day?
- What is the net effect of your existence on the total amount of happiness in the world each day?
- What are your values?
- What are you passionate about?
- What inspires you?
- What is your goal in life?
- What are your company’s values?
- What is your company’s higher purpose?
- What is your higher purpose?
When you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny.
And read how to be happy.