Inspiration

Studies Show Fulfillment Is the Secret to a Happy Life

Instead of fleeting happiness, true enrichment stems from living a meaningful life.
IMAGE COLLAGE BY SANDY ARANAS
Comments

Happiness, more often than not, is often tied to material wealth. The elements of many definitions of success also center around the same thing. However, several studies say otherwise, pointing instead to other factors. One such study suggests that the purpose of life is, simply put, fulfillment.

The semantics of happiness

Digging deeper, the word happiness began as a synonym to "luck" or "chance." To the ancient people, happiness was something you could not control. It was believed that it "was in the hands of the gods, dictated by Fate or Fortune, controlled by the stars," and not something you could make for yourself. Greek philosophy dictated a different kind of happiness, rather than a good feeling, it was about living life to the fullest even when suffering was expected. Roman philosopher Cicero summarized the thought, “The man of perfect virtue will be happy even under torture, even on the rack.”

Pleasure versus happiness

It’s easy to misconstrue the nature of the word from the Greek’s perspective. Many people turn to worldly pleasures to fast track happiness, an easy escape disguised as fulfillment and contentment. It’s a fleeting and unreliable nature that leaves you with nothing in the end. Even worse, the heightened state of pleasure breeds a desire for more.

Suffice to say, pleasure can be compared to living paycheck to unending paycheck with nothing truly gained and valuable time lost—pushing us further away from true fulfillment. "Pleasure versus fulfillment is the difference between spending your time and investing it," writes author Daniel DiPiazza in Entrepreneur. "Or the difference between consuming and creating."

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Steady fulfillment

If ancient people are to be followed, then an inner fulfillment would lead to true happiness. Aristotle once said, “Happiness is a life lived according to virtue,” something various research materials and studies by both ancient and modern scholars mutually agree on. Taking it further, Time declares that the secret to happiness is helping others. Bill Gates, a person who’s been repeatedly tied to ultimate success and immense wealth, shares the same sentiment. Living a fulfilled life, Gates has donated billions and substantial percentages of his assets to aid those in need.

"The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity."

–Leo Tolstoy

Choosing a vocation

Finding fulfillment through giving is similar to finding a job. You can start off by following an innate passion where you can inject what you know and what you can do before you progress to other realms. Devoting our lives to service goes beyond material wealth, where time is equally valued as a precious and valuable contribution. Of course, the meaningful life is not about looking for validation but rather, living authentically by serving and uplifting others.

h/t: Quartz

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Paolo Chua
Staff Writer
View Other Articles From Paolo
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
"His legacy will live on for many more generations after us."
 
Share
A leading Italian mixologist makes the argument for liqueurs in fine dining.
 
Share
Suddenly everyone you know is heading to New Zealand. Here's why people are planning their move today.
 
Share
These romantic retreats have everything you need-except children.
 
Share
Remembering a pioneering entrepreneur and philanthropist in his own words.
 
Share
Family sources close to the chairman emeritus of SM Investment confirmed his passing the morning of January 19.
 
Share
These fresh travel options will open up doors to new sights and sounds without the hassle of a layover.
 
Share
What good is the freedom that money offers if you don’t know how to relax?
 
Share
Is this billion dollar listing a stunt or the future site of a spectacular mansion?
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US