Weekend Reading: Journal: The Paradox of Happiness

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What does a “good life” look like to you? In a world full of increased wealth, convenience and technological advancements meant to elevate your wellbeing, many still grapple with rising levels of anxiety, depression and loneliness. It’s a paradox of happiness, because despite the progress we see on the outside, happiness doesn’t always ensue inside.


Mind the data: According to a Harvard Study of Adult Development, tangible external achievements such as wealth are not key contributors to lasting happiness. The study suggests that good relationships are crucial to leading your healthiest and happiest life, but their value can be overshadowed by more tangible markers of success. Quality relationships, community involvement and building new social connections do not offer immediate or quantifiable returns, but they are essential for your long-term well-being.

Your journey to developing a good life is earned through commitment and courage to those you love now and those you might someday. Other people will always be center to your happiness.