Jung, Carl Gustav. Extraordinary typed letter signed (“C. G. Jung”), in English, one page, oblong octavo, Zurich, 24 January 1950, to Miss Harriet Hardy of Berkeley, California; on Jung’s personalized stationery.
Happiness is not a thing one seeks. It comes to you as a reward for efforts.
Jung responds candidly to Miss Harriet Hardy of Berkeley, California on the subject of happiness. The Swiss psychiatrist writes in full: It is of course a somewhat hopeless task to advise an unknown person of her course of life across the width of the ocean. I only can tell you one thing: that you should not set out to seek happiness for yourself. This would be a straight way to unhappiness. You better ask where and how you could be useful to whom. Happiness is not a thing one seeks. It comes to you as a reward for efforts.