A lot has been said about happiness, and very little of it is dependent on success, as most of us recognize. Success defined by society is generally a great family or a great career. While both are great, success is a personal thing. Having supportive family, learning, and extra money adds to life, but they don’t deserve the responsibility we give them.
It has been said that life is about the journey, not the end result. I think that’s true, mainly because there is no predictable or definitive result. If you only concern yourself with results, they never seem to arrive. So focusing on enjoying the journey makes a lot more sense because the journey will always be with us. It is not something we should try to get over. Another thing that will always be with you until you die is yourself; so investing in discovery and love is always worth it. If you can love yourself, you can love others better, so it is a selfless thing.
Intentions matter very little compared to action. If we can align action with intentions, then there is peace in spirit. The spirit is something worth listening to, even more than the body and the mind. Mostly we concern ourself with the physical, but we also put scientists and philosophers on pedestals. The soul is easier to put down, and it is unlikely to get recognition like the mind and body. Physical beauty transcends all personalities, all languages; enlightenment and inner beauty has a lot more difficult of a time. There is little incentive to concern ourselves with the soul as a society if we are not dogmatic, and we lose for this.
Water intake and keeping up with to-do lists are less important. It is all a matter of personality and priority. I encourage you to draw a list of happiness, keep it by your bedside, and to share it. There are things we can learn from each other. This is a general list, but specific lists are more personal and help even more in times of crisis.
few possessions: more freedom, more time
highlighting the strengths of others
investing in relationships: time, money, effort
wonder, discovery: art, road trips, nature
smiling for nothing at all