Actively pursuing a goal can contribute towards personal happiness, although gathering a pile of money might not be enough to put a smile on one’s face.
“In order to lead a happy life, a rewarding life, you need to be active, … So involvement is more important to happiness than knowing the why, why we are here”
The top three indicators that you are likely to be happy include being:
- actively engaged in politics
- active in work and in your free time
So perhaps having a goal which regularly engages personal, or professional, energies helps move individuals one step closer to happiness.
There is more information in the link below about the research (and a list of the top ten happiest nations).