I believe that happiness is more than just a sum of personal assets, finances and a corporate title. Beyond these commonly sought out goals are more important human needs that are essential to a persons happiness. I feel that in order for someone to be truly satisfied and happy they must possess these three key things.
Personal health is extremely important to ones happiness as it allows you to perform at your best and feel your best. Sometimes when people are not feeling great there spirits are down and they cannot perform tasks as they would if they were healthy. The same effect occurs if someone you care about becomes ill. When illness strikes so does stress and unhealthy habits.
It doesn’t matter how much success or wealth one person has because at the end of the day if they have no one to share these experiences with they will not be truly happy. Satisfaction and happiness in life comes from interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships with family, friends and significant others. For instance, family and friends are there for us when we are having bad days because they make difficult times easier for us to cope by showing us compassion, support and love.
Happiness can be dependent on wealth. When i say “wealth” I do not mean wealth in terms of being a billionaire, I mean the type of wealth that allows an individual to sustain themselves and their family. Although you can be happy if you are poor or struggling financially these states are usually accompanied by higher levels of stress and anxiety. I feel that in order to maximize your happiness you must be able to survive without having to worry everyday whether you will be evicted or be laid off from work. Having a steady income can relieve stress and allow for more positive feelings amongst an individual and their loved ones. Furthermore, debt can negatively effect happiness as it inhibits a persons ability to feel comfortable and secure.
I am not saying that a person can’t be happy without all of these things occurring, it is possible but to maximize your happiness you must partially or fully satisfy all three areas.