What is happiness? To me, happiness is an emotion created by several different things. Happiness arises from the little joys in life, like seeing a dog passing by on the street, to the big joys, like getting married to someone you love. Happiness comes from when you appreciate your life and the things around you. Being happy doesn’t mean you don’t have bad things happen to you, rather you choose to focus on the positive aspect rather than the negative. My life is nowhere close to perfect, but I have a lot happiness in it because I've chosen to appreciate what I've been given.
Success is something that each person has to define for themselves. I define success as actively pursuing goals, regardless if I fail. Personally, I believe that success and a meaningful life are intertwined. I think in order for me to see my life as successful I want it to be meaningful. Neel Burton says in "Man’s Search for Meaning", “that our main drive or motivation in life is neither pleasure, as Freud believed, not power, as Adler had believed, but meaning”. Our drive in life, what we define as a “successful life” is meaning (Burton 2012).
We can find meaning in life through service to others, which relates back to our success. We can see a successful life would have meaning. People “feel a hunger to live meaningfully, but they don’t know the right questions to ask, the right vocabulary to use, the right place to look or even if there are ultimate answers at all” (Brooks 2015). To me, a meaningful life means positively impacting others and living your life upholding your integrity. More than worldly success, material riches, and achieving our dreams, I think that upholding your own personal integrity and values will give your life significance and meaning . To me, this means developing my relationship with God, treating others with kindness and respect, and being a positive influence on others in my life and community.