Monday, April 09, 2007

Success and Happiness

Please respond to the following prompts-make sure to comment on at least one other person's response in your own reflection. (Show depth of thought and make sure to edit!)

What is true happiness? What do you need to be happy? What defines success?

Please end your response with filling in the following statement: Ten years from now, I will consider myself a success if....


Blogger Michael said...

1.) Like most everything it is always in the eye of the beholder. I don’t believe in truth because nothing is true; it’s all about perspective. For me at least to be “truly happy” I would have to be around my friends.
2.) To be happy you need four essential things: water, food, shelter, and people to hang around.
3.) I said it basically in #1, you define you own success and NOBODY ELSE!!!
Ten years from now, I will consider myself a success if I have done one of my set goals.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Roxy S said...

I agree with what Michael said about everything being in the eye of the beholder; however, I don't understand how he can say that he doesn't believe in truth when he then defines it right after.
In my mind, true happiness is being content, safe, and at peace with yourself and your life. For me to have this happiness I need to be surrounded by people that I love and that love me back. I need to have support and have people to care about.
I define success as anything that makes you proud, happy, and fulfilled; anything that fills all of the gaps in your life.
Ten years from now, I will consider myself a success if I am happy with what I am doing and all of the choices I am making, and that I am still going somewhere. Never be content with just what you have, you can always help yourself or someone else.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Billy N. said...

In my opinion everyone needs a passion to be truly happy. Something they've invested time into, and something they truly love doing. It can be anything as wild as sky-diving to just caring for a family. I think to be happy, you need to get your hands dirty. You have to experience things with an open mind and find your passion. In my opinion, success is something that takes work and dedication. Here is where I disagree with Michael. When a person relies solely on themselves for an answer, they will go wrong.
How can you truly enjoy something you have put no work/effort to? Ten years from now I will consider myself a success if I am creating what I consider true art.

9:30 PM  
Blogger sam t said...

True happiness is just true happiness. I don’t think there would be a way to completely define true happiness because no matter what everyone is going to have a different answer. For me, happiness is something that needs to be sought after, and you either achieve happiness or you don’t. To be happy you need to feel like you are where you were meant to be in life. I know that is confusing but in easier terms, you need to feel perfect and you can’t have one bit of doubt that you haven’t achieved your happiness. If there is doubt, it simply means that there is something that has been left out, or not achieved yet.

Ten years from now, I will consider myself a success if….personally I feel like I have already reached success because I’m still alive, I have done, so far, what I have wanted to do, and I know that I am exactly where I need to be. The only thing that will change in ten years is, I’ll become smarter, older, more mature, and I’ll be doing what my heart has called me to do.

10:31 PM  
Blogger shudgins8 said...

True happiness is to do what you love and be around the people you love. To find this happiness is a gift that should not be taken for granet. To be happy you need to be happy with who you are, where you are going, and what you have done. Success is the accomplishments that one has completed and is truly proud of.
Ten years from now, I will consider myself a success if I have not regretted anything I have done in the last ten years.

2:39 PM  
Blogger kschumacher said...

I completely agree with Roxy when she says that in order to achieve happiness we must be at peace with ourselves. If we are not content with who we are how will we ever be content with anything else?
I also agree with Billy in that you have to experience new things in order to discover your passions. I think that in order for me to truly be happy I need to pursue my passions and be surrounded by people and things that I love.
In ten years I will consider myself successful if i have achieved some of my dreams and I am still striving to achieve the rest.

3:05 PM  
Blogger alexb said...

I think that success is not just others being proud of what you have accomplished, but you also, being proud of yourself. When you look back and there is no significant thing that you would want to change. You would want to make every mistake, have every failure, and take in every success in the same way. In some cases success equals happiness, but for true happiness you almost need self reliance. True happiness would be Walden. You are self reliant and you are happy with what you have. You are never worring about the little things: apreance, money, grades. For happiness I think that you need material objects. That would be the difference in true happiness and just being happy. You are happy when you get a gift or when you get candy at the store. True happiness shouldn't be bought.

In ten years from now I will consider myself a success if i have no regrets.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Andrew M said...

At this time in my life I find myself truly happy with who I am and what I am doing. This does not go to say that there aren't things that would make me happier or that I could do better but I am very satisfied with who I am as a person. Having said that I think that Sam is very accurate with his belief that true happiness must be defined by each and every person and not by a dictionary or any other source.

For me true happiness consists of many different things. To me my life must be balanced with succeeding in tasks i take forth and relaxing with the people I love. When this isn't balanced in my life on either end I find myself more distressed. I also must be who I truly am and have people love me for who I truly am.

Success in my mind is clearly different than how my parents define my success. I find myself constantly struggling with succeeding withing or finding my parents approval through my "success". My parents deny this is so but they truly believe that to succeed I must be a "perfect" student and a "perfect" person as defined by society values. I am left no room for mistakes and often struggle with this. This is relevant because to me I feel that I am successful only when I am happy with who I am and self-motivated in my life goals. I feel that it would be nice to make money but it is not a necessity. I will feel successful when I have done things that have improved me as a person and my life, but as much as I believe this it may not be what my parents want. I am fine with making mistakes and learning from them and holding values that aren't what society has deemed as most acceptable.

This is why I do not know what success for me will be in ten years because my perception of success in ten years may be different. I will have to find a balance from my perception of success and my parents out of love and respect for them. Not many people are exactly the same as they were a decade before and I certainly do not expect to be one of those people. I hope that my ideas change as I experience more things and mature. This is why...

Ten years from now, I will consider myself a success if I am true to myself and do what is best for me as a person.

8:19 PM  
Blogger stephanie s. said...

I agree with Billy's comment, passion is a neccessity for happiness. If a person isn't passionate how can they reach true happiness. If I am passionate about something I get happy when things go well when doing the action. Another thing for happiness is a person's belief in themselves. If a person can believe that they can do anything, they will be happy when they achieve it. I feel great when I achieve something that has a high risk and reward factor. The only person who can defy happiness is the individual itself.

Ten years from now, I will consider myself a success if I completely believe in myself and accomplish one of my goals.

8:35 PM  
Blogger jennr said...

Like most of the people have said, I think that happiness and success are defined by the individual. Society can try to create a recipe for success, but in reality that is not possible because happiness is different for everyone. I recently saw the movie With Honors, which is a movie about a group of Harvard students that believe there is only one way to succeed in life; to be the best in school and athletics, to please the people around you, and in general to be a cookie cutter of the “perfect” young adult. Through the movie these kids learn that to truly be happy you need to do what’s right for you, not what others expect of you and I think that is important to remember when you are trying to find your true happiness.

I think that true happiness is being satisfied with who you are and living without regrets. No regrets doesn’t mean you can’t mess up, because everyone makes mistakes, it just means that regardless of what happens you find a way to make it okay. To be truly happy you need to do what you love simply because you love it.

Ten years from now I will consider myself a success if I am doing something I love and learning more from it everyday.

10:03 PM  
Blogger karmk said...

To me, i don't think there could ever be true happiness. when I think I am happy I seem to think of something else i need in order to be more happy. But the closest to happiness is friends, family and carefreeness. Money will never be the root of happiness, it is the root of evil. With money, it makes us in a zone where we will never be happy because there is always something to use money for tomake us "happy". For me, the thing that makes me really happy is when people love me and they care and stand behind my decisions 100%. Yes money or gifts would be fine but that gets old real fast. For instance, when you are in a relationship at first it feels really great to get pampered but after a while if feels like a routine you go through and it doesn't make you happy anymore. i agree with michael nothing is true except in the eye of the beholder. No one can tell you what is true and not true because that could not be the case for you. So you need to see and find out for yourself not let other do that for you.
Success I don't really know what it looks like because I haven't had experience with it that much. It seems that all i do is far from success. But if i were to know i would have to say joy peace and fun. you don't need to go to Harvard and be a Lawyer to be successful. I bet that a low end job a person has is successful to them because that is all they know. So you can't really put an explanation to success because what we see as success is a lot of money and material things. That could be success to one person, but not to me!! I think you are succesful Mrs. Comp just right where you are! especially with the hair blowing in your face from the wind after getting some starbucks!!!lol

10:15 PM  
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10:53 PM  
Blogger Troy B said...

From what I have read many of the comments believe that success is defined by the individual, in that you are the only one that knows if you have been successful. To me true happiness is anytime in life were someone can feel content with themselves and what they have done. I think that there is really only one thing that you need to be happy and that is not to have any regrets as to what you have done, because when you don't have any regrets there should be nothing for you to be sad about. Success is what you make of it and it is different for every person. Probably the biggest thing with success is are you happy with what you have done and accomplished.
Ten years from now, I will consider myself a success if I do what i want to do in life and make an impact on someone elses.

10:54 PM  
Blogger CallanK said...

True happiness to me is always being around what you love and being content with yourself. How can you love someone else or help someone else when you are not content with yourself first? (kind of what Roxy said)
To me, to be happy I just need to do what I like to do, be with the people I like to be with, and have fun living life. The people around you shouldn't determine if you are happy day-to-day, you should.
Happiness defines success to me. Being rich or anything like that doesn't define success to me. I wouldn't want to have anything or do anything if I wasn't happy.

Ten years from now, I will consider myself a success if... I stick with my art, stay with the people I love, am happy, and have an impact in someone else's life.

11:21 PM  
Blogger JackS said...

Hapiness to me is being content with yourself and with what you have done in your life. I'm gonna have to disagree with Karm when she says that true hapiness can never be attained. In my mind it can always be attained, you just need to find what makes you happy, it is something we are constantly in pursuit of. Success to me is the process of something going right on the road to true happiness. Ten years from now, I will consider myself a success if I can become truly happy and content with my life and what I am doing with my life.

7:23 AM  
Blogger DanielB said...

True happiness is if you feel complete and happy. Basically to get to true happiness is different for everyone and we wll have our own ways of being happy. what makes me happy is just being relaxed and not having to worry to much. Micheal said that being around friends is what makes him happy and i can say the same. Ten years from now i will consider myself a succes if i am happy and doing what i love.

1:23 PM  
Blogger nconn3 said...

True happiness is being content. Being content with people around you, who you are, and what you are doing. To feel the moment and just sigh because everything around you is perfect for one moment. Then it turns upside down and you try to find that feeling again.
To be happy I need to be doing something I love, or surrounding myself with people I love. I am very easy to please.
Success is when you are truely happy. So I feel like success and happiness coincide.
Andrew said that he was truely happy at this moment in his life and I agree. I feel truely happy right now although I have not accomplished everything I want to I am happy.

8:19 PM  
Blogger caras said...

I agree with Callen and a couple other people that have said that true happiness is being content with yourself. Because you have to be content with youself before you can be accepting of your life and other people around you. I also think that true happiness means being around the people that you love, like faily and friends, and being able to be yourself.

To be happy you need to have family that loves and cares for you, and that will be there for you no matter what. And for people being accepting of you and you accepting them.

I define Success as accomplishment in what you do, being happy in life, influencing others and learning from others as well.

Ten years from now,i will consider myself a success if i am happy with who i am and what i have achieved.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Janessa S said...

For me personally, I am not sure if there is a such thing as true happiness. I think this because life is full of up's and down's that no one can really control. if things in you're life are going well then good but you can't always going to garentee that they will stay that way.

For me to be happy I need my life to be free of stress with little drama which is next to immpossible.

Success is what you personally define it as. It could be making your life what you want it to be or reaching a goal or obsticle that you want to overcome. It all depends on what you want success to mean to you.

Ten years from now, I will consider myself a success if my life is what I want it to be.

1:55 PM  

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