James Clear shares that “happiness is simply the absence of desire…Happiness is not about the achievement of pleasure (which is joy or satisfaction), but about the lack of desire. It arrives when you have no urge to feel differently. Happiness is the state you enter when you no longer want to change your state.”
As I contemplate my own experience, I find my happiness (as described above) when I’m in nature, with those I love, on or near water and mountains, and when I’m present.
It’s a simple thing to think about the absence of desire, yet a profound difference from perceived lack or need.
In my work, most teams are seeking the next thing, the next version of their team and themselves.
Taking the time to recognize and appreciate all you have, who you’re with, and all you’ve accomplished is a space for happiness.
Remember to pause before desiring what’s next.
It’s worth it.