Does achieving success always include happiness?

Grace Regan, Deputy Opinions Editor

When you evolve into a young adult, you start to feel pressured to encompass a used up term called “success.” But, what is success, and does it make you happy?

Some people define success as how much money you make, yet money is not the source of happiness. It’s a common theme in books and movies: The rich man has a nice car and a big house filled with the fragile inanimate objects, but at the end of the day, he feels a daunting amount of loneliness.

The answer is simple; you can be the richest person in the world and fill your life with so many unimportant things that you forget what is truly important in life, happiness.

Famous Bhutan Dasho Karma Ura famously said that happiness is, “something which makes you pause and think, ‘Ah, this is beautiful. Beautiful, meaningful, ethical.’ ”

Mr. Ura teaches that beauty is something that makes us happy, and yes, while a nice car might be nice, is it truly beautiful? Beauty is something that we feel deep in ourselves that promotes a “full” and “complete” feeling.

Having nice things may be just that–“nice”– but, it will never compare to the true feeling of happiness.