- Joyce Sequichie Hifler
I have always been a high achiever. If there is a job to be done, you can count on me to complete it on time and to the best of my abilities. I've recently realized, however, that nothing I achieve really brings me happiness. I may feel relieved or proud or satisfied, but if what I'm seeking is true happiness, I have to take a break from pursuing my goals and do something kind for someone I love. When I make the time to rub my husband's stiff neck or to cook a great meal for my family or to patiently listen to an upset friend, I experience happiness as a warm glow inside. It's not earthshaking, but it's ultimately so much more fulfilling than conventional success.