Some people who are tremendously successful seem to also be very unhappy. While other people who are not as successful seem to be content with the level of success they have.
Why? Because there’s not one single thing that alone will make you happy.
Instead, what most philosophers and psychologists agree with is that happiness is the result of multiple things going right in your life such as the daily pleasures you experience, the level of engagement you have with your work, healthy friendships, a healthy relationship, a sense of meaning in what you do, and a sense of accomplishment.
Happiness therefore is a mix of things in your life. And this mix is different for every individual meaning there is no one way to be happy and there is no wrong way to be happy.
I may draw my happiness from the work I do and the relationship I’m in, while somebody else may draw their happiness from being actively engaged in a pursuit of a goal and the exercise they partake in.
But whether it’s love, work, knowledge, or community that makes you happy, it’s up to you to figure that out.