Being better educated, richer, or more accomplished doesn’t do much to predict whether someone will be happy.
Jay Lynch adds: I really enjoyed this article because for anyone who is in pursuit of self-improvement and success, the euphoric feeling that you get after accomplishing something, and before reaching a plateau that follows, there is a let down. Amid the letdown you know that happiness is fleeting. What does it take to be happy? The following is from this article inside:
“There are expectations that if you achieve some given thing, you’re going to be happy. But it turns out that’s not true. And a large part of that is due to adaptation, but a large part of it also is that you see this mountain in front of you and you want to climb over it. And when you do, it turns out there are more mountains to climb.” I think this hits the issue on the proverbial head. There is always more in the pursuit of happiness and other hurdles to overcome to be “happy.” Happiness must be found in the journey, not the destination.
Continuing from the article, “Everybody’s got some kind of a belief about whether good things are going to happen or bad things are going to happen. There’s no way to scientifically prove that one of these beliefs is more accurate than another. But if you believe life is benign, you’re going to see lots of evidence for it.
If you think life is malign, you’re going to see lots of evidence for it. It’s kind of like a placebo effect. Given that all of these beliefs are all equally valid, why not adopt the belief that is going to be more useful to you in your life as you go along?”
I agree 100% with Dr.Raj Raghunathan’s findings. I say it’s all between your ears, it’s how and what you think.