Sometimes the people who seemingly have very little can be the happiest people around. Have you noticed that? Have you noticed a trend with people who live unhappy lives? It's not a new concept by any means. Nor is it an original idea from me...
I've had some conversations lately around this topic and the thought that too many choices (especially in this country) leads to unhappy people. Sometimes we become obsessed with finding just the right thing only to never get anything at all because we missed the boat. To "settle" for something is offered considered a bad thing in this country. But I think the bottom line is that people who lead simple lives are simply happy. It's rather obvious if you think about it and most of us already know this.
Stop and look around you once and a while. See all the choices? We have become a culture that is obsessed with excess. Obsessed with picking just the right movie. Or the perfect place to live. Or the perfect car (it's no wonder most people don't like their brand new cars after a year or two because it's no long the most perfect one with all the new choices!)
What happened to be satisfied with "good enough"? To settle is not a bad word. Sure, it can be if taken out of context - just about anything can be. But settling for just what you need at this moment is not so bad is it? I've known many perfectionists and most of them struggle with true happiness. This is not to say you shouldn't push yourself - try to be the best. It's just that being the best shouldn't be your answer. How about the joy in just trying? How about being happy in the "running journey" and not the destination?
Success is not the key to happiness. Most people are successful because they are happy. Be satisfied with what you have. Don't let all the choices around you make you feel like you are getting ripped off and are not as happy as you could be. It gets in your head. That's the point of advertising - to make us feel we need something that we usually don't need. Sometimes all this is easier said than done.