Which came first, the chicken or the egg? What comes first, happiness or success? This quote sheds some important light on what we should REALLY be chasing.
If happiness were just the end result of being successful, the prevailing creed at companies would be correct: Focus on productivity and performance, even to the detriment of our emotional and physical well-being, and we will eventually become more successful, and therefore happier. But thanks to strides in positive psychology, this myth has been debunked. As the authors of the survey were able to say conclusively, “Study after study shows that happiness precedes important outcomes and indicators of thriving.” In short, based on the wealth of data they compiled, they found that happiness causes success and achievement, not the opposite.” -Shawn Achor (pg.41,42)