Happiness is so elusive to so many, and to me, Jayme Soulati, it’s a high-pressure word. People want to be around others who are truly happy; however, think on this a moment. Have you ever noticed that some people are just too happy? I have, and to me that boils down to lack of authenticity. To be happy more frequently than not, people need to have a healthful heart core.
We’re Talking About Happiness
In our last episode of our Happiness Series, we talked about the Dean of Wharton School of Business. He spends an inordinate amount of time with goodwill on campus to make graduate students feel a sense of belonging with overarching positivity. The dean of students wants the kids to feel good about where they go to school so the wallet will open later during the fund-raising drive.
Today, our happiness discussion is more along the lines of happiness as a value and a way of life. We even try to define what happiness means (I think we fail).
John Gregory Olson and I dance around the topic from top to bottom, and we determine that you can have a happier workplace if you are mindful about it.
When you experience life at home, in the workplace or buzzing around the world, how do you comport your emotions? Laughter, mindfulness and happiness do contribute to a more healthful life.
The Harvard Business Review did a cover story on ‘The Value of Happiness, How Employee Well-Being Drives Profits,” in January-February 2012. It also commissioned a happiness study, and we reference many of the findings in the study within this episode.
So, as you experience life, some of what we mention today may help you take an inward look at your happiness quotient. And, if you’re a leader in business, are you giving your star achievers a goal to accomplish?
The values happiness bring are powerful especially in the workplace. There are wonderful tips today that may make you regard people’s emotions differently.
To me, happiness comes with practice. It’s not something you wake up doing and being (of course there are probably some folks who do wake up happy every day; I raise my glass to them!). Rather, happiness is something you strive for so that others around you feel that vibe. Isn’t it more productive to regard happiness in business as a top value? If you’re grumpy and depressed, then no one is getting anything done. In fact, that office grump is probably cascading his or her bad vibe across the office and pushing others into that same despair.
We encourage you to make happiness a mindset. Take an extra moment to ask yourself, “Am I happy today? If I’m not happy, how can I become happy?”
Happiness is what you make it! Go be happy!