Marie Curie Hits on an Important Component of Happiness

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

–Marie Curie


Excellent point! A lot of depressed people falsely believe that life is easier for others than it really is — and that life should be easier than it is.

There’s also the Heaven’s Reward fallacy. “If I sacrifice and constantly give to others, then good things should come my way.” But while treating others reasonably is part of success and happiness, it’s not the main part.

The main part is focusing on what’s important to you and how to achieve it, as Curie says.

If you go through life giving up everything and everyone important to you and expect to somehow be rewarded, at least in this life, then you’re on a fool’s errand.

You have to treat yourself well and treat your own life as if it’s the most important thing if you’re to get anywhere in life, whether in the realm of personal achievement or personal relationship satisfaction.


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