This is the eighth in the list of 10 Commandments for Happiness – not chronologically by rank but numerically. Striving to be better involves improvement and change.
An anonymous author wrote, “The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement”. Another wrote, “The best contribution one can make to humanity is to improve oneself”. We have already noted that happiness comes from giving or contributing to someone or something beyond oneself.
We are told that the human brain is capable of holding one thousand terabytes of data, roughly 100 times the capacity of the U.S. Library of Congress. Thus the human brain’s capacity for learning more and improvement is almost beyond imagination.
Improvement also means growth, and moving beyond one’s present station is a source of happiness. That is what C.R. Lawton meant in this quotation: “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have mastered, you will never grow”.
We can therefore summarize by saying, self-improvement, growth and change, all contribute to happiness and they are interconnected. A final quotation from Les Brown: “You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change”.