Have Happy People Found a Simple Secret to Success?

How happy people get what they want out of life

Roger A. Reid, Ph.D.
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5 min readOct 21, 2022

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Someday, after I make enough money, receive enough recognition, and acquire everything I’ve dreamed about, then I’ll be happy!

Ever thought that?

I did.

I spent my twenties waiting to be happy, telling myself that the situation and circumstances at the time weren’t “right,” and happiness would have to be put on hold — until I deserved to be happy.

Back then, I hadn’t found my calling. I hadn’t made a million dollars. I hadn’t been recognized for my expertise. I didn’t live in a mansion perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. I hadn’t found the love of my life.

Happiness came with prerequisites. And until I completed them, I couldn’t be happy.

It’s been a long wait.

I’ve completed a few of the prerequisites. I made the million and found the love of my life. But the mansion on the cliff? It never rose to the top of the list. And the recognition? It’s no longer important to me.

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Roger A. Reid, Ph.D.
Publishous

Author of “Better Mondays”|Host of Success Point 360 Podcast|Tips & strategies on personal development-work-productivity-careers-life | https://RogerReid.com