Greg Morris

Designer, Pretend Photographer, Dad

Why Not Go Straight To The Good Bit?

In today’s fast-paced world, the concept of ‘hustle culture’ and the proliferation of productivity-focused videos on platforms like YouTube have become the norm. The underlying message in this sea of content is clear: to earn more, to achieve a higher status, and ultimately, to be “successful”. This chase for success is often equated with a promise of increased happiness and a more fulfilling life. But is this relentless pursuit really the key to happiness?

It’s interesting to note that numerous studies have shown that while money can indeed contribute to happiness, it only does so up to a certain point. Beyond that, the correlation between wealth and happiness starts to fade. This brings us to an intriguing thought – why not skip the middleman? Why immerse ourselves in a constant state of hustle and stress in the quest for happiness, when we could potentially find contentment in what we already have?

From my perspective, sitting in a comfortable home, surrounded by a loving family, and with a job I enjoy, it might be easy to preach contentment. I recognise that I speak from a position of relative privilege. However, the essence of my argument transcends material comforts. Happiness, as I see it, is not a distant goal to be reached. Rather, it’s a mindset, a way of viewing and engaging with the world around us.

This isn’t to dismiss the value of ambition or the desire to improve one’s circumstances. Striving for better is a natural and healthy aspect of human nature. However, when this striving becomes an endless cycle of wanting more, it can lead to a perpetual state of dissatisfaction. We begin to place our happiness in a future that’s always just out of reach, constantly moving the goalposts as soon as we achieve our latest objective.

So, while there’s nothing inherently wrong with seeking success or improvement, it’s crucial to balance these ambitions with an appreciation for the present. It’s about finding joy in the journey, not just the destination. This balance is perhaps the true key to a happy, fulfilled life – a life where we strive for better, but also take the time to appreciate and find joy in where we are right now.

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