Ep44. Expectation, Happiness, and Wealth 期望, 幸福与财富

“Happiness is the gap between expectations and reality.” — Morgan Housel

“There are two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations.” — Jodi Picoult

The pursuit of happiness often feels elusive, but finding true contentment lies in balancing expectations and reality. Author Morgan Housel suggests that happiness is the gap between expectations and reality, and true happiness comes from aligning what we expect with what we experience. When our expectations match reality, we feel content and fulfilled, but significant disparities can lead to disappointment and dissatisfaction. Closing the gap between expectations and reality leads to greater satisfaction. Happiness is subjective and influenced by the divide between our expectations and outcomes. Accepting and embracing reality, recalibrating aspirations, and finding contentment amidst life’s challenges are key. Ultimately, happiness lies in embracing the reality surrounding us and finding fulfillment in the space between our hopes and experiences. Closing the gap between expectations and reality frees us from constant disappointment, and cultivating gratitude leads to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

The same principles also apply to other areas of life, especially in our journey of investing and wealth growth. If we set unrealistic expectaction, or if we always raise our expectations, we will never meet our investment goals and never be fulfilled. In addition, same as happiness, wealth is what we have minus what we need. So set the right expectation on what we really need. This will help us become wealthy.

“幸福就在于期望与现实之间的差距。” — 摩根·豪塞尔

“有两种方式可以获得幸福:改善现实或降低期望。” — 乔迪·皮考特



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