The secret of happiness is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.
Most of us have been conditioned in the culture of ‘more, more, more’ when it comes to success and happiness. It’s time to think about replacing more with less, but better.
I am always happy when I feel like I have a purpose and am living out that purpose in the best way. For others, happiness is more of a sensory experience. For some the feeling of being connected with the world and with the people around you, the time to create something meaningful. Happiness is clearly subjective to a large degree, but once you have roti, kapda and makaan, it’s the experience you enjoy and the relationships you nourish during life that brings the most enjoyment.
The recipe for optimum happiness and well- being is different for each of us, but it’s up to us to choose how to live our life and use the ingredients that are at our disposal. I make sure that I have a balance of the following 7 ingredients – sleep, physical activity, focus, time for reflection, relaxation, play and connection.
If you sacrifice or defer your happiness in the quest for success, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. For many of us, ‘work’ and ‘life’ are no longer two separate things that we put on opposite sides of a scale, weighing one against the other and doing our best to find a balance. The lines between work and life are getting blurred. One has to make deliberate choices about what to agree to and what to decline, rather than engage in constant fire-fighting, because we have to understand, time is limited.
You don’t need to be good at everything. Why not be world class at one thing instead ?