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What Makes People Happy

If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.
Chinese Proverb

What makes people happy?

You might think it’s money, fame, fortune or having the perfect relationship.

This is farthest from the truth.

These are only things that most people “think” will make them happy, not things that will truly have a positive effect on your outlook on life.

Money is great and we all need it for survival and to live a quality life. It is not the be-all-end-all of happiness though.

Neither is having the perfect relationship either.

This is probably one of the biggest misconceptions. You will never find true happiness in someone else.

So what really makes people happy?

Here’s a true fact: Happiness never comes from outside of you, it always comes from within.

Happiness is at your deepest core.

Happiness lies in your journey, not in any kind of destination.

Happiness is your journey.

It is providing another person with hope.

It’s making the world a better place because of something that you have said or done.

Giving to this world is the true secret of happiness.

Don’t postpone your happiness until you achieve a certain goal.

Be happy right here in this moment; right here, right now.

What makes people happy is already here. It’s YOU!

So just be happy!


Muhamad Aarif View All

Founder & CEO of and Warby.Parker.Watch.

Simple guy with ridiculously ambitious dreams.

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