Does ambition make you happier?
Heidi G. Halvorson, an American social psychologist and author, concluded from her studies that setting your goals high and being ambitious makes you happy. However, ambitious people are likely to be wealthy and high achievers but not necessarily happier than anyone else.
Social scientists make frequent references to ambition, without ever properly explaining the concept. In response, Timothy Judge, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, studied data tracking the lives of more than 700 individuals over seven decades, attempting to determine a better understanding of how ambition can motivate us.
The results surprised him. There was a stronger than expected connection between ambition and career success. Nevertheless, those who were successful in achieving their ambitions were not proven to be more contented or to live longer. Moreover, those whose achievements failed to match their ambitions proved to die earlier and lived less happy lives.
Ambition is not only success, it is gratitude for what you have, a quality which often seems forgotten by society. Ambitious people need to remember to stop for a moment, think about everything they have accomplished and be happy with that.