According to my research, being rich eliminates approximately 58% of life’s problems, which means a reduction in 67% of the unhappiness and stress you would otherwise experience.
But a reduction in unhappiness does not correspond to an increase in happiness. It doesn’t work that way.
True long-term happiness can only be found when you strive for significance..
Significance is the pursuit of excellence.
When you make self-improvement a daily habit you become better – better health, better knowledge and better skills. The better you become, the more significance you add to your life. By becoming better, we are living a life of significance and this produces a feeling we call happiness.
This is why pursuing your dreams, your passions and your goals is so important. They are the keys to true happiness.
The pursuit of these things forces you to grow as an individual, to better yourself.
Happiness has many components: confidence, achievement, success, fulfillment, high self-worth. These things make you feel more significant.
The path towards greater confidence, achievement, success, fulfillment and high self-worth is daily self-improvement. Daily self-improvement is thrust upon you when you pursue your dreams, passions and goals.
So, the true path towards happiness is becoming significant. And significance is acquired when you pursue your dreams, passions and goals, which force you to grow and improve, in order to succeed.
As you grow, as you improve and as you become better, you feel more significant.
Tom Corley is an accountant, financial planner and author of “Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to Be Happy and Successful in Life”, Effort-Less Wealth, Change Your Habits Change Your Life, Rich Habits Poor Habits and “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.”