Does Success Equal Happiness?

By D.H. (16 years old)

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Being rich does not mean one can be truly happy. Some people are born into rich families and they have never known poverty or gone through the experience of making ends meet but are they really happy?  Many successful people hardly have time for their families. They are busy with their pursuits, thus neglecting their loved ones and in the end, they amass tons of money but have naught but broken homes.

Take Michael Jackson for instance.  Although he enjoyed great success as a world famous singer and a household name, he was not contented as a person. He was not satisfied with his appearance and wanted to change his skin tone to that of a white’s.  He bleached his skin and was unable to go under the sun because he was prone to skin cancer. He also suffered from a fatal rare genetic lung disease and finally met his demise after taking an overdose prescribed by his doctor to lessen his constant body pains.  His fame and riches certainly did not guarantee real fulfillment or happiness in his life.

Does being intelligent guarantee happiness? Every student wants to obtain good grades in order to get into a prominent and prestigious university in these modern times. Parents demand excellent grades from their children so that they can get good jobs and become successful in life. Graduates with honorary doctorate degrees have indeed landed prestigious positions in international companies but a high-flying job requires one to be totally responsible for the business to strive in global competition. The attractive remuneration may not compensate the stress arising from work .

What is happiness then?  According to some, happiness is a mental state of well-being characterised by positive emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. In order to arrive at that state of bliss, one has to be happy with what one has in order to be successful.  If we love what we are doing, it will lead us to true success. It does not mean that we have be moneyed and in high positions.  Even if we may not be as affluent as we might wish, happiness will come to us if we are content with what we have.

Being happy is not difficult. No one is in control of our happiness but ourselves. Therefore, we have the power to change anything about ourselves or our lives that we want to change. When we are satisfied with what we have, we are successful regardless whether we are rich, intelligent, beautiful or handsome. Herman Cain, a potential presidential candidate for the 2012 United States presidential nomination had it perfectly phrased, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

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About Katherine

Just a female who has time to do a bit of pondering and musing. Otherwise, I am on an interesting journey down the path to being a senior citizen.
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