In the bustling city of Washington, where power and influence are often seen as the ultimate goals, a different narrative is emerging. Arthur Brooks, a former head of the American Enterprise Institute and now a fulltime happiness scientist, is challenging the conventional wisdom that success leads to happiness. Instead, he argues, it’s happiness that leads to success.
This perspective, as shared in a recent Politico article, is not just a personal philosophy but is backed by years of research. Brooks’ work is particularly relevant in our current climate, where depression, anxiety, and chronic illness are on the rise, and the national ‘Loneliness Epidemic’ is taking a toll on our collective wellbeing.
As citizens of a Constitutional Republic, we have the power to shape our society and our lives. Understanding that happiness is not a byproduct of success, but rather a precursor to it, can fundamentally change our approach to life and politics. It can help us prioritize policies and leaders that promote wellbeing, rather than those that merely promise power or wealth.
Brooks’ insights remind us that our pursuit of happiness is not just a personal endeavor, but a collective one. It’s a pursuit that can unite us in our shared desire for a better life and a better Republic. As we strive for fair and honest elections, let’s also strive for a society where happiness is not just an aspiration, but a reality for all.