"Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: "A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could both in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
What a beautiful quote!
Of course there are many other aspects to happiness, but I agree they are the most important . . . except I would change the ability to love others to the ability to love and be loved. It is #1 for me.
My #2 . . . Honesty with myself and others . . . in my opinion equates to total freedom. Not being honest with yourself is not being true to yourself. The harmony of knowing what it takes to make you happy by being honest with yourself is so important.
As far as NOT being honest with others . . . that is straight up being a fake person trying to be someone they are not. In my opinion, it is way too much trouble to keep up with untruths. A lie is a lie . . .
My #3 . . . do the best you can do in all your endeavors and you will feel awesome about yourself. Your best should be enough for you and those you love.
If your best is not good enough for yourself, you need to evaluate your reality perspective. In the case of relationships . . . who made them judge and jury of your best as not good enough? Don't allow someone else to rob your happiness with unrealistic expectations!
What are your most important
requirements for happiness?