Happiness and fulfillment are sometimes used interchangeably. While there is some overlap between happiness and fulfillment, there is also a distinction. Happiness is an emotion. It can be short-lived or long-lasting. Fulfillment is a sense of satisfaction. It usually runs deep in our souls. It’s amazing when we experience it, and it can hurt when we lack it. It’s possible to be happy in an area of your life–such as in your family life–yet unfulfilled in an area of your life–such as your career. Similarly, its possible to be fulfilled in an area of your life–such as in your career–yet unhappy in an area of your life–such as your relationship with your significant other. There are many possible combinations of happiness and fulfillment not aligning perfectly. If that’s you, you’re in good company.
This guide provides three scientifically-proven actions anyone can take to improve happiness or fulfillment in midlife.