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Enjoying the journey

February 22, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In his book, Happier, Tal Ben-Sharar says, “Attaining lasting happiness requires that we enjoy the journey on our way toward a destination we deem valuable. Happiness is not about making it to the peak of the mountain nor is it about climbing aimlessly around the mountain; happiness is the experience of climbing toward the peak.” (p. 27)

In other words…
Often we think that achieving our goals will make us happier. The high emotions we get from completing a project quickly fade, usually leaving us searching for the next victory. Long-term happiness is found in enjoying the process leading up to our success. By keeping our goals in mind, while still taking time to appreciate things along the way, we find greater happiness.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
Take time to appreciate the journey to your personal mountain tops. Enjoy the challenge of a difficult project. Use time in the car to notice the world around you or to catch up with your family. What other ways can you find to create more happiness on your personal journey?

To Find Out More…
about personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You can also read Happier.

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