A Job Application Made Me Think

The question read, “What makes you happy in life?”

In all the preparation that I’ve done for job interviews, this was not a question I ever thought I would be asked. I enjoyed thinking about and answering it so much so that I wanted to share my answer here. And to pose the question back to you.

What makes you happy in life?

My Answer

Loving and being loved in return, cultivating meaningful friendships, knowing that those I love can depend on me, knowing that I am contributing in some good way to the betterment of humanity, the world — that I am using all of my effort to live authentic to my principles, beliefs, core values — learning, expanding my and other people’s horizons, making things beautiful, building meaningful things, living a life as one series of beautiful gestures — all this coalesces to form a coat of happiness that covers me, warms me, and brings happiness into my life.

What about you? What makes you happy?

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