As the Fall Semester closes, I had an interesting conversation with one of my students. For two of my classes, I had the students write down the answers to “What’s your definition of happiness?” and “What’s your definition of success?” – since these were two of the five most important values as stated by our students.
One of my students came to me and asked, “I don’t think I live for happiness, but it’s for something that I can’t seem to explain.” I shared with him that I’m not happy, but content, because my work and my play are one of the same – and I could do it all day, every day. Coincidentally, this article was sent to me describing EXACTLY my feelings – I am not striving for happiness, but for usefulness. Here’s the article:
- The Purpose of Life is not Happiness, It’s Usefulness – https://dariusforoux.com/happiness-usefulness/
What Darius shared in his article describes me perfectly! I read to find nuggets to not only be a better me, but to share with others so they can also be better.
Imagine if we could have our young people adopt this mindset – and how much better our world would be!
So, what about you?