Are success and happiness one and the same concept or can we have one without the other?

I guess this all depends on how we define success.  I started on this thought process as I was trying to optimize this website.  Doing some keyword research it appears that searches for "happy" are many times more popular than searches for "success".  So it seems that according to Google, people are more interested in happiness than they are in success, of course "money" was also up there with happy.

Some friends and I were discussing this and it appears that people generally think about material things, like money, cars, and houses when they think about success.  This is understandable.

When thinking about happiness, they don't necessarily equate that to physical abundance.  Take monks or other devout individuals that specifically deny worldly pleasures in order to achieve enlightenment, which I assume is a form of happiness.

According to The Happiness Project " can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy lots of things that contribute mightily to happiness."  USAToday takes the other view "Money can't buy happiness, but happiness may buy money".

I hope to maintain both states of happiness and success.  The people that I know well personally that are financially successful are also some of the happiest people I know.  I am working to follow their lead.  If I have to choose though, I would choose greater success for less happiness.

How about you, if you had to trade off happiness and success which do you value more?


Thoughts on success and happiness are very necessary and essential. Its role and part in the triumph and incessant measurement is valuable. The life is made beautiful and dynamic on the pretext and dynamics of the perpetual times.


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01/19/2017 2:09am

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04/22/2017 12:43pm

Success and happiness are two different words but both good for a person to have. It may be hard to achieve at some point, but everything will be worth getting. Happiness is a choice while success can be defined in so many ways. Though there are lots of definitions of these two words, what makes these two words work together is the fact that these two words are good for all of us.

06/19/2017 9:52pm

Hi, As soon as i thinks ,Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.


As yourself the following questions: Would having more money make you happier or, would being happier make you more money? Would being less stressed make you happier, or, would being happier make you less stressed?

06/19/2017 9:55pm

Hi, The fact is you were born to be happy and being happy brings out the best in people. Happiness is a natural state, and, lets face it, you feel good when you're happy. Furthermore, when you're happy you look good too. When your happy your posture is better, your breathing is different; you brain produces more functional chemicals which stimulate every cell in every organ in your body, so you become healthier and look and feel better


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