Can people be happy if they are not successful?
Why is it?
Every six months or so, the question of this hub is asked. "Can people be happy if they are not successful?"
The question may not be asked using the same words but it is asked. I have personally answered two already and this is the third. The requirements of each answer are different and I have needed to take a different approach but the basic theme is always the same -
Success v Happiness
The Literal definition of Success
Wikipedia states that Success may mean -
- a level of social status - Social status, the position or rank of a person or group within the society, can be determined two ways. - We can earn their social status by our own achievements, or we can inherit our status and be taught the social graces befitting that status
- achievement of an objective/goal - A goal or objective is a projected state of affairs that a person or a system plans or intends to achieve - Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.
- the opposite of failure - The criteria for failure are heavily dependent on context of use, and may be relative to a particular observer or belief system. A situation considered to be a failure by one might be considered a success by another, particularly in cases of direct competition or a zero-sum game. Similarly, the degree of success or failure in a situation may be differently viewed by distinct observers or participants, such that a situation that one considers to be a failure, another might consider to be a success,
- the succession of successfully executed tasks and successes.
Anyone who has read these definitions from Wikipedia regarding success should think again as to whether or not they are successful in their own right.
OK, so you might not have a high powered job with a massive income, but you make ends meet. Right?
You might not have been born with a silver spoon in your mouth, but, you can hold your head up with the best of them.
Mrs. Jones down your road has just bought a spanking new car and can afford the hire purchase repayments, and you can't afford to buy one. Shame, but your car is bought and paid for and gets you from A to B.
Every person in the world is a success. A success in their own right ! Think about it, Make a list of all the things that you have achieved and all the things that you know. It might sound silly but I'll bet a pound to a penny that you know and have achieved more than you give yourself credit for.
SO .. Can we be happy? and not be successful.
The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire was developed by psychologists Michael Argyle and Peter Hills at Oxford University.
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