Our Moral Compass: Where Happiness Lies

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

     Money cannot buy you happiness. We have all heard this before but do we actually believe it? I for one hand believe that any happiness money can bring is only a temporary fix and happiness lies within ourselves. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s quote supports this and he believed it lied in the joy of achievement and the creative effort that was behind it.

Think back to when you have had certain achievements in your life. This can be anywhere from learning how to tie your shoes for the first time, riding your bike, or loftier achievements like graduating high school. Each of these examples that I gave I’m sure did not come easy and took a lot of practice and effort on your part in order to achieve success. Sometimes you had to get creative too. In tying your shoes you may choose different ways to tie them such as straight bar lacing, ladder lacing or lattice lacing just to name a few. I know that there were ways my students tried to tie them that really didn’t even have a name attached to their method, though it worked and kept their shoes on.  As long as there is time given to allow the practice necessary to improve in their shoe tying skills, then they will be able to achieve this goal of tying their shoes bringing forth that happiness they are looking for.

Now when we learned to ride a bike we might have started off with training wheels to help us with our balance until we gain the confidence necessary to start raising those up and eventually taking them off. Continual effort was most likely given by you each time you fell while riding your bike. You may have been frustrated that you had trouble maintaining your balance but once you learned to position yourself in a way that kept you steady, you mastered this skill too.

Lastly graduating high school is an achievement that brings forth not only joy but overall happiness. I know my daughter is experiencing this now, having recently graduated from high school herself. The effort she put forth was hard fought but well worth it in the end. She knows that she did it herself and that no one can ever take that a way from her. Knowing this, I know will bring her long term happiness that money could never buy.

Happiness is not something that can be bought. It is something that must be earned through hard work and effort. Like I mentioned before it needs to come from within. Once we realize that our own thoughts influence our behaviors and that we control our happiness our return on investment will be priceless.

What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness?

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