Happiness and working hard

Happiness and working hard

My brother recently completed another marathon (I think he’s completed about 7 or 8 now). That’s more than 42 kilometers…a very long way as far as I’m concerned!

And this time he did a PB (that’s a “personal best” in sporting lingo).

The next day when I congratulated him and enquired about how he was feeling he responded with something along the lines of “there’s no pain in a PB” by which I think he meant that although he was hurting (which is to be expected when you put your body through something like that) the hurt was not distressing because of the achievement.

It got me thinking about happiness and particularly, the form of happiness (we might call it satisfaction) that comes from having worked really hard at, and achieved something of significance. I find myself making this point quite frequently when I talk on happiness and the point is that happiness is sometimes hard work; happiness occasionally requires blood, sweat and maybe even tears. But if it’s directed in a positive way; if your efforts have meaning and purpose; if the ultimate result is some form of happiness…then there is no pain!