I think everybody should get rich

31/07/2019
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31/07/2019 Mduduzi Luthuli

I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness recently.

Not so much about what makes me happy, but about the mechanics of creating sustained happiness in life. Repeatedly, I read about successful people I admire who have all the money they need but still don’t feel fulfilled with their lives.

Why?

The actor Jim Carrey famously said:

I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not THE answer.

Happiness doesn’t automatically follow once there’s enough money or success. You must actively pursue happiness, choose to be happy, and do more things that make you happy.

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins says the secret to happiness boils down to one word: progress.

There are levels of making it in life and whatever you think ‘making it’ is, when you get there, you’ll see there’s another level. That never ends, because if you stop growing, you’re going to be unhappy.

Which sounds a bit like the hedonic treadmill. What is that? Am glad you asked.

The observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes. According to this theory, as a person makes more money, expectations and desires rise in tandem, which results in no permanent gain in happiness.

I don’t want to feel like I’m on a treadmill the rest of my life. I’m slowly teaching myself that happiness is not the last stop on the train track, it’s the ride.

I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness recently.