Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

How to Find Happiness

Happiness

A mentor of mine suggested the book, “Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose,” written by Tony Hsieh.

I went ahead and bought the book, thinking that I would get around to reading it sometime or another. Then, the other night, I decided to crack it open (or rather pull it up on my Nook, since that’s where I had downloaded it.)

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how readable it was. And fascinating! I have not finished the book yet, but I am far enough into it to tell you that yes, this book should be on everyone’s business and personal development bookshelf!

One of the sections of the book that stood out for me was the point after Hsieh and his partners sold Link Exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars to Microsoft. Instead of being elated, he felt relieved and unburdened. He was also bored and uninspired. The following paragraph sums up how he felt about staying on at Microsoft to make even more money after the sale:

I didn’t need more money, so what was it good for? I wasn’t spending the money I already had. So why was I staying at Microsoft, vesting in peace, trying to get more of it?

I made a list of the happiest periods in my life and I realized that none of them involved money. I realized that building stuff and being creative and inventive made me happy. Connecting with a friend and talking through the entire night until the sun rose made me happy. Trick-or-Treating in middle school with a group of my closest friends made me happy. Eating a baked potato after a swim meet made me happy. Pickles made me happy.

I thought about how easily we are all brainwashed by our society and culture to stop thinking and just assume by default that more money equals more success and more happiness, when ultimately happiness is really just about enjoying life.

Can I get an “Amen!” on that?

I’m not saying money is bad. Money, in and of itself is not bad, anymore than a rock or a piece of paper is good or bad. It just is.

What I’m saying and what I believe Mr. Hsieh is saying in this section of the book is that real happiness does not come from possessions or having more, it comes from life itself. It is the small moments in life that make it worth living.

And ultimately, it is what makes for a happy life.

What makes you happy?

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