Success and Happiness

The other day, I read a quote from Albert Schweitzer, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

It made me think of how much general “wisdom” on success and happiness is like the “chicken-and-the-egg” problem. Which comes first? Can it be that sometimes success comes first and sometimes happiness comes first?

It also made me think about how often I — and others — have recommended that your career or self-employment should be based on doing something you enjoy and have a passion for.

I went rummaging around various favorite sites and found a study, “The Benefits of Frequent Positive Affect: Does Happiness Lead to Success?” by Sonja Lyubomirsky, Laura King and Ed Diener. Putting it together with what I know about psychology and positive psychology, I had a few opinions on what the study meant.

Today, I published some of the thoughts I had in my article “Happiness: The Key To Success”. It’s a pretty quick read. Have a look at it.