What Comes First – Success or Happiness?
Often we say, “I will be happy when…”
This ‘when’ could be a new job, a hike in salary or weight loss or a successful relationship…” Are we saying that the way it works, first comes success and then happiness?
Research shows that it’s the other way round. Happy people are more successful.
When you are happy, you will be more productive, creative, social and positive. And with all these success comes automatically.
Also, it’s hard to find happiness after success, as our goals keep changing.
Life is not a quest to achieve happiness. Happiness is found along the way!
I came across this infographic about happiness and success with reference to work place. But it applies to our personal life and relationships too.
What do you think, which comes first… Happiness or Success?
Linking this to Write Tribe’s – 100 Words on Saturday Prompt : Success first then happiness (Agree or Disagree).
July 18, 2015 9:35 pm|
You’re right Shilpa. A happy person is a happy person irrespective of how successful he is of course as long as he has the basics in place. Loved that infographic.
July 19, 2015 12:02 am|
True, happiness is the key to success and not vice versa. I liked this infographic too. Thanks Tulika 🙂
July 18, 2015 10:26 pm|
Why not just be totally happy and ditch work altogether 😛 😆
July 19, 2015 12:03 am|
You can do that if you have pots of gold stashed away somewhere to last you a lifetime 😀
July 18, 2015 10:29 pm|
Ah nice take and a great infographic to back it up too, Shilpa! That was quick. 🙂
July 19, 2015 12:05 am|
Thanks Corinne. Glad you liked it. You know, I love these 100 Words on Saturdays. And was keenly waiting for the prompt to go live at WT blog. Fortunately, it was an easy prompt too 😛
July 19, 2015 12:51 am|
Loved the message and the infographic. I have always maintained that Laughter will get you through just about anything and it is hard to laugh and stay unhappy!
July 19, 2015 9:25 pm|
I liked the perspective you shared, Carol. Laughter is wine for the soul and certainly nobody would be unhappy with that! Thanks, glad you liked this post! 🙂
July 19, 2015 1:27 am|
I totally agree with your thoughts and Love the infograph. Wish I could learn to make one.
July 19, 2015 9:29 pm|
Thanks, Inderpreet. Oh, I didn’t make this infographic. Google the God, gave it me! You can make your own infographics easily with Piktochart, Venngage, Canva etc. And as you say they are easy peasy, lemony sqeezy 😉
July 21, 2015 7:37 am|
This is great Shilpa. Thank you. I will try it out. 🙂
July 19, 2015 2:31 am|
Happiness will definitely brings in success and for happy people success brings more happiness, doesn’t it? Lovely infograph, Shilpa. 🙂
July 19, 2015 9:29 pm|
Well said, Vinitha. Thanks 🙂
July 19, 2015 3:30 am|
Great post and an impressive infographic to support it. 🙂 As you correctly, happiness definitely should be a first goal on everyone’s mind in order to achieve success.
July 19, 2015 9:31 pm|
Agree with you. They say, success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. Thanks EM 🙂
July 19, 2015 7:05 am|
Happiness definitely is an attitude, a state of mind. But certain circumstances do lead to more happiness. I wouldn’t call them success just positive happenings.
July 19, 2015 9:33 pm|
True. Happiness is an attitude, not a situation. We choose to be happy or sad, regardless of what surrounds us or happens to us. And that makes all the difference!
July 19, 2015 12:03 pm|
I think your blog post on success and happiness is spot on. I think the belief was/is that success equals happiness, but that has changed or is changing. One can be successful and yet still yearn for more, thus never truly feeling fulfilled. However, when one is happy, positive shifts and energy occur attributing to successful outcomes! 🙂 <3
July 19, 2015 9:34 pm|
Love the way you have expressed this, Elly. Thanks 🙂
July 19, 2015 1:48 pm|
Loved the infographics. Success is to see a happy family, to feel content, to be able to give happiness to others. Beautiful post Shilpa.
July 19, 2015 9:34 pm|
Well said, Raj. Thanks 🙂
July 19, 2015 11:10 pm|
Love the illustration, Shilpa. I believe that happiness matters though at some point, it gets tricky. How many of us will leave a job for happiness? But, we should follow our heart.
July 20, 2015 8:08 pm|
Happiness reigns supreme though usually we would not leave a job even if it is giving us more grief than happiness.
July 20, 2015 11:33 am|
These are complimentary aren’t they?
July 20, 2015 8:32 pm|
I dont think so. With happiness, success may come, but the same might not be true with success. History is replete with people who have reached their pinnacle of success, yet are spending lonely and miserable lives. So often we read about successful people having drug or marital problems, or some even committing suicide.
Happiness is more to do with with inner peace and contentment.
July 20, 2015 11:41 am|
Happiness of course! A happy soul attracts only the best at all times.
July 22, 2015 6:03 pm|
You are spot on, Nisha! A happy soul surely attracts positive vibes and energy!
July 20, 2015 1:12 pm|
This is truly a brilliant post shilpa !! and very relevant to the time; agreed everything you spoke. Loved the way you presented the graphics… simply superb … I am excited to share this on my time line and also tag to a few of my friends.
happiness is definitely an attitude and also a decision; happy people do not have everything in life; they make a choice to be happy despite whatever the situation.. rightly said happy people also contribute for the growth of the organisation, today most organisations are willing to hire and work with people who are happy, because they know that the happiness of the employees are directly linked to the growth of the company.. thanks for sharing
July 22, 2015 7:34 pm|
Thanks a lot, Genevive. Glad that you relate to this and liked it too. Thanks for sharing. Appreciate it. Well said, it’s all in the mind… in this moment, I can choose to be happy or crib about anything. Agree, happiness is a choice.
July 20, 2015 8:40 pm|
Yes. Happy people are also optimistic people. They believe they can do something, and hence achieve it. That thing about the universe granting you what you truly and deeply desire? It’s 110% true!
Amazing post! Though the infographic ain’t loading on Google Chrome 🙁
July 21, 2015 12:05 pm|
I loved this one. Of course, happy people are more successful and more productive. And they spread the happiness making others motivated and more productive. Lovely infographic you have shared Shilpa. Thanks! 🙂
July 21, 2015 2:00 pm|
This is such a cute one and I couldn’t agree more. Will you be okay if I use this on a future Sunday Punch? Not this one but sometime in future? 🙂
July 21, 2015 7:32 pm|
Nicely written Shilpa.
Actually sad people think ‘happy people are having so many things to be happy’ but it is actually opposite. As they know art of being happy they attract all positive things in their life.
July 22, 2015 5:52 pm|
Happiness comes first.. Loved the illustration!
July 28, 2015 10:15 am|
Well said. If we are happy, we can achieve many things.. and I can very much relate to this concept 🙂
July 28, 2015 10:18 am|
A Rat’s Nibble
August 21, 2015 11:50 am|
this is so true! Thanks for sharing that infographic Shilpa!