Happiness is subjective revenue is objective
Revenue is a measure of objective usefulness to people.
Happiness is a measure of subjective valuing of what we do.
Self-esteem is a measure of subjective usefulness to other people.
Gratitude is a measure of valuing what others do for me.
Let’s bring some formalisation and define a notation:
Revenue equals how others value what I do. Symbolically:
Happiness equals how I value what I do. Symbolically:
Self-esteem equals how I value what I do to others. Symbolically:
Gratitude equals how I value what others to do me. Symbolically:
There are a few observations:
- You can be happy merely by valuing what you do.
- You can feel happy without being objectively useful to others.
- You can not be happy unless you subjectively feel valuable to others.
- You won’t be happy if you do not value what you do, no matter how much you earn.
- We can increase others’ self-esteem by encouraging them to value what they do.
- You can feel more gratitude merely by noticing people doing something to you.
- Revenue is the only source of objectiveness.