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https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200305-happiness-why-contentment-is-better-than-ambition-and-goals

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Why ambition won't make you happy
There is much written about finding one's life purpose and reaching self - actualisation, but do we really need to have one? My partner is happy pottering around the house with his family around him, watching TV, reading the news, working in his unskilled job without responsibility, supporting his football team.

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