Happiness: Defined

At a recent conference for gemstone experts in Washington, D.C. my fellow keynote presenter, Shawn Achor, nailed the definition of Happiness. During his segment, Shawn shared the following:

“Happiness is the joy you feel moving towards your potential.”

Brilliant. Happiness in not short-lived pleasure. Based upon Shawn’s definition, we can feel joy even during non-pleasurable times; that muscle-burn we get while running or exercising isn’t pleasurable in the moment, yet we know the long-term benefits … hence we feel joy in the process.

Yes, although I worked for the Walt Disney Company, creator of The Happiest Place on Earth, Shawn’s definition struck me like a bolt of lightning.

What potential are you pursuing?

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