The Clearest Path to Happiness Is Right in Front of You

Life doesn’t have to be so complicated

Michael Thompson
Feb 9 · 5 min read

Happiness isn’t only an inner-game

I was once told that it’s not what we collect that matters, but rather what we choose to keep. The conversation above — passed down over a lousy cup of coffee on a drizzly day in France — is one of the lessons I plan to carry with me.

“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
— Chinese proverb

Marc’s no longer a monk. The same day I met him he locked eyes with a woman who was leaving her own retreat. Months later, they started sending each other postcards.

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Thanks to Sean Kernan and Anthony J. Yeung

Michael Thompson

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Co-creator of 2 boys with my dream girl • Career coach • Business Insider, Fast Co., INC • Barcelona • Say hi on Linkedin here https://bit.ly/3vtJ1df

Personal Growth

Sharing our ideas and experiences.

Michael Thompson

Written by

Co-creator of 2 boys with my dream girl • Career coach • Business Insider, Fast Co., INC • Barcelona • Say hi on Linkedin here https://bit.ly/3vtJ1df

Personal Growth

Sharing our ideas and experiences.

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