When it comes to increasing financial wealth, many experts have said it’s wise to diversify and create multiple streams of revenue or cash flow.
The same goes for increasing happiness.
Happiness is the biggest challenge I see entrepreneurs struggle with as their business grows. There are many things that go by the wayside in the rest of their lives that impact their overall happiness and wellbeing as they focus on their business to make it more successful, secure and valued. They don’t spend a lot of time doing the same thing for their happiness.
It’s a catchy quote that only matters at a high level. People are the easiest source to tap into your happiness.
If you’re not spending a lot of time with anyone, but specifically those who make you happy, this will severely impact your happiness, business, and eventually, health. Loneliness has proven to be an actual killer and this isn’t something unfamiliar for those taking the lonely entrepreneurial path.
Creating more social engagement, especially during this pandemic, when we’re not able to be physically close, has become more important than ever. These connections will provide you happiness and joy. Studies have shown even talking to strangers can make you happier. This is the complete opposite of what we’ve been taught growing up. Yet, your business and future are dependent on connecting with strangers.
In addition, this stream includes the people you want coming into your life as you continue to move forward in yours. Who are those people who will be in your circle? They can be made up of possible mentors, influencers, friends, and associates who have strengths you’d like to improve in your life.
Whether or not you have close relationships with them, are having conversations with them over zoom, or just shooting a text, having social engagement is vital to your health and happiness stream.
While it’s nice to have people around and places to go have fun, what you do to have fun is vital.
Personally, no matter what happens in life, video games will always be that source for me. I can always play video games at any time, knowing it’ll make me happier.
The more time you experience these moments of joy, the less you worry about the stresses that come as an entrepreneur, and the more you experience gratitude.
Even though combining these three streams create the maximum impact on happiness, using them as separate streams will make life happier, more joyful, and in the long term, create more success for you as a well-balanced entrepreneur.
Whether it’s through (social) engagement, environments, or experiences, having diversity in the creating of joy will create sustainable, long-term happiness, even in the most stressful of times. If one becomes unavailable or temporarily boring, which will happen, you can pick up another source and create variety.