On the positive connection between success and happiness

2014 IJRSP – Volume 3 Issue 1


Uusiautti, Satu*
University of Lapland, Finland (satu@uusiautti.fi)


The concept of success is manifold but might contribute an interesting viewpoint to the current discussion of human flourishing and positive development. In this paper, the author introduces a viewpoint and a definition that connects success with happiness. When considered from this perspective, success consists of various elements, competence, motivation, performance, and positive strategies. When people can use their talents and strengths, are motivated in doing and have the courage to seize opportunities, they also have positive experiences and the sense of purpose in life. Success is not therefore any particular phase of life but a manifestation of the combination of necessary elements of success that are closely connected with human happiness.

Keywords: success; happiness; competence; motivation; performance; positive psychology


DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrsp.2013.509

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