Being an adult and a college prof, I’m used to asking students, “So, what do you want to do after school?” I recently asked this question of one of our kids sitters and was first delighted, then disappointed in hearing the answer.
She is an amazing babysitter, and it was a pleasant surprise when she said that she wanted to be in child care. Finally, a young person who isn’t out to chase the almighty dollar – then in the same breath she said, “but you won’t make a lot of money doing that.”
Sigh. Is that what happiness is all about? Finding a job that brings home the cash?
Ask any parent what they want for their children and most every answer will be, “I just want them to be happy.” Parents have all sorts of methods they believe – if followed will bring their kids happiness. Marry well, go to a good school, get a good job, join the military, get a college degree, win the lottery, get a reality show – the list goes on and on.
Author Tal Ben-Shahar PhD., is one of Harvard University’s lecturers and researchers in the field of happiness and fulfillment. Does he have the secret to living a happy life? I think he may be on the right track when he argues that fulfillment isn’t just the achievement of an endless series of goals, but also happiness is found in the journey to their achievement. Are you doing what you love to do? If not, why not? And what can you do to get on the right track?