A Meaningful Year-End Message (2017)
As we wish you and yours a Happy New Year, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the timeless question: What makes you happy?
You probably already realize that piles of possessions by themselves aren’t enough. But it may be less clear what does generate enduring happiness. First, let’s define what we’re talking about. We are fond of this description by “The Happiness Advantage” author, popular TED Talk presenter, and Harvard researcher Shawn Achor:
“Happiness … isn’t just about feeling good, it’s about the joy we feel while striving after our potential.”
Such a simple statement, but it’s packed with profound insights.
Happiness isn’t about indulging in fleeting pleasures. In fact, it’s closer to the opposite of that. Distinguishing enduring happiness from occasional pleasures frees us to enjoy even our most challenging experiences, and to savor them as among our fondest memories. It’s why we may willingly burn the midnight oil on a project of deep interest. Pay a personal trainer to push us harder than we’ve ever gone before. Volunteer our hearts and minds to others in need.
Regardless of the source of happiness, the joy it can spread is universal. In a world that sometimes seems increasingly polarized, a greater appreciation for happiness might just bring us closer together. As Achor comments: “Joy makes us want to invest more deeply in the people around us — It makes us want to learn more about our communities. It makes us want to be able to find ways of being able to make this a better external world for all of us.”
As the evidence suggests, by focusing on what sustains us – an optimistic outlook, value-driven action, meaningful relationships – we can find greater happiness.
At Opes Advisors, it is both our privilege and our joy to help clients gain clarity about what’s most important to them, including and beyond financial concerns, so that they can continue to strive after their potential and define their own happiness. It is our greatest reward to be able to assist our clients on their journeys.
Again, a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year to you and yours from the entire Opes team!
All the best, Opes Advisors
P.S. If getting organized makes you happy, see this helpful article about maintaining your financial records.
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