Sunday, January 29, 2006

What is the key to happiness

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.
- Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, physician, musician, Nobel laureate (1875-1965)

Success and happiness are both terms about which we have great confusion. They each have many meanings.

However, by any definitions Schweitzer's statement is true. People considered to be successful in any country are never truly happy.

This man who devoted much of his life to helping the poorest people of the world, in Africa, was perhaps among the most successful. He was certainly happy doing what he loved, which was giving of himself to others.

For that he gained great respect from others around the world, which is one sign of success.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to show the difference between success and happiness.
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