Sukkot is an agricultural festival that originally was considered a thanksgiving for the fruit harvest.
Sukkot are hut-like structures that the Jews lived in during the 40 years of travel through the wilderness after the exodus from Egypt. As a temporary dwelling, the sukkah also represents the fact that all existence is fragile, and therefore Sukkot is a time to appreciate the shelter of our homes and our bodies.
Sukkot is Z’man Simchateinu – a time to be happy !
I guess why I like the picture of 2 men sitting on a park bench laughing and being happy – is the way it encapulates happiness as a feeling – without the need for the trappings of success.
So what is the difference between success and happiness?
People strive for success ……. should they strive for happiness?
All to often you see people with financial success feeling unhappy, while people who are not “financially successful” are feeling happy.
Maybe Success is material…. and…. Happiness is a feeling?
So after doing a little googling …. this is what I found…..
Success does not create happiness, but happiness can create success. Think about people who seem to attract success. Not the ruthless competitors — but people you just naturally want to be around.
Success is not a reflection of happiness, but rather, the other way around. Happiness is the ultimate measure of success.