Success: the word usually tends to conjure images of the extremely wealthy. They have big homes, nice cars, and successful businesses. Society has painted a grand picture surrounding these people. They’re considered the pinnacle of life done well. But, is there more to success than this standard?
A Harvard study found that people with strong emotional ties and good relationships not only lived happier lives, but longer ones as well. It seems as if success cannot be measured by income alone.
So, take a step back. What does success mean to you? It’s different for everyone, so there’s no right or wrong answer. We just want you to think about it. Like really think about it. Make a list of what would make you, or what makes you, a successful person. It might be things like:
- “I get to spend less time at work and more time with my kids.”
- “I have a good group of friends to support me.”
- “I can afford to treat my family to vacation every year.”
- “I’ve finally got enough saved up to make a downpayment on a house.”
Review your list. Are you surprised what you see there? Does it match society’s standards?
Happiness and success come in many forms. Having money might be nice, and sometimes, it does make a difference. Perhaps it’ll make your life more comfortable. Afterall, you wouldn’t be able to put a down payment on that house without the proper funds. But, rather than society’s standards for success, remember YOUR list and what goals will bring you deeply rooted joy and happiness. And definitely share them with us on social media because we love to celebrate YOU!