if youre happy youre successful

Fortune Cookie Wisdom

Today, I had some medium to poor Chinese food, but the fortune in the (stale) fortune cookie was very insightful.

“If you’re happy, you’re successful.”

Mindfulness is back in vogue recently, and a lot of people are realizing that keeping up with the Joneses’ isn’t any way to establish long lasting happiness.

I’ve been working on my entrepreneurial projects and a thought occurred to me. On the off chance I do succeed, I have to acknowledge the fact that I won’t be happier. Thanks to the Hedonic treadmill, we can pretty much guarantee the our baseline is where we’ll spend most of our life, no matter what events occur.

On the off chance I do succeed, I have to acknowledge the fact that I won’t be happier.

So I guess the only rational path to happiness is to fall in love with the journey, not the outcome. The outcome isn’t the prize.