"Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you'll be a success."
— Albert Schweitzer
Yesterday’s Grump Out Day definitely needed a follow-up. And Albert Schweitzer is just the man for the job.
Albert was one of the “leaper colony” folks I wrote about way back on our last leap year. He’s the guy who became a world-famous organist, then chucked it all at the age of 30 to go to medical school. The rest is more “world-famous” history. He saved patients, started hospitals, and wrote lots of books, yet still managed to find the time to pick up his Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.
What a guy.
What a deliriously happy guy.
For the sake of comparison, let’s consider another quote. I’ll tell you right now that this dude did not become a world-class organist, physician, or Nobel Peace Prize recipient. In fact, I don’t think he managed to make it through the first grade — and I think you’ll see why…
"Good morning, Pooh Bear," said Eeyore gloomily. "If it is a good morning," he said. "Which I doubt," said he.
(from The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne)
Unless they’re handing out Ph.D.s in gloom, this guy’s going nowhere.
But sadly, there are an awful lot of Eeyores out there clinging to the belief that they will be happy just as soon as they get some success.
Oh, if only that were true.
Tough break, Cupcake — if your wish is to be successful, you’re going to have to get yourself some happy first.
Because it turns out that Albert was right. (I guess we can add world-class psychologist to his “success even after death” resume.)
Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky of the University of California says, “Previous research often assumed that success and accomplishments bring happiness, but we found that this isn't the case.”
Her studies demonstrated that “When people feel happy, they tend to feel confident, optimistic, and energetic and others find them likable and sociable…”
Which, of course, leads to more of what we call “success.”
Happiness first, Cupcake.
PROMPT: Get yourself some happy today! Studies show that some of the keys to wear on your happiness tool belt include gratitude, physical activity, positive thinking, and (great news!) creative endeavors — like writing!
This writing business. Pencils and what-not.
Over-rated, if you ask me.
Silly stuff. Nothing in it.
Yeah. Rock on, Eeyore… Best of luck handling all of your success.