You'll find when you arrive that the journey was the prize...

Interesting descriptions of happiness - outcome v process.

Outcome is the happiness generated by achieving the goal, winning the event, buying the new house/car/whatever.  Often fleeting and having no lasting nature.

I'm reminded of Boris Becker's response on winning his first Australian Open title in 1991 beating Ivan Lendll - he described an emptiness of sorts, almost a let-down in the achievement of the goal.  Jonny Wilkinson's joy in kicking the winning drop-goal in the 2003 World Cup final was momentary, or perhaps even momentary relief in his (at the time) pursuit of perfection.

Process happiness is the happiness/joy based more on the 'journey' and the 'getting there'.  In this way, happiness has been described as more of a 'verb' - a doing thing.  And so by definition 'happiness' must include failure, mistakes, let-down, struggles.

We're always in such a hurry to get 'there' - wherever there is.  But of course, we so often find the old maxim is true:

You'll find when you arrive that the journey was the prize...

Make sure to enjoy the ride.  Today, in all that it brings, is part of that journey.