I like to think of happiness as a workout, a hobby- something we need to work hard on every single day if we want to master it. This is why self improvement is such an important aspect of life that so many of us don’t practice, but should.
When people talk about happiness, it’s almost as if they think it’s something that comes naturally or not at all. You’re either a happy person, or an unhappy person. But happiness isn’t as simple as this. In The Happiness Advantage, Achor discusses how the path to happiness is different than what we’re taught growing up. It doesn’t come once we’ve secured the perfect job, or the perfect relationship- it should come before those things in order to have healthy jobs and relationships and be happy regardless of those things. Because once we lose that job or relationship, we lose our happiness, and then we’re destined to be unhappy over and over again.
Shawn Achor stresses how happiness fuels success, and how once we’re happy, we can do just about anything we set our sights on.