Is Happiness Worth Striving For?

Is Happiness Worth Striving For?

As we come to the time of year for annual appraisals, reflection and setting new goals, I was contemplating what had the biggest impact on me last year. It was in two areas:

Carpe Diem – seize the day.

Death of my mother-in-law, sudden serious cancer for my sister (treated with a long chemotherapy), and cancers in a friend (treated by surgery but then serious complications from the surgery itself) reminded me how precious and fragile life is. If there is something you want to do, then get on with it. If you keep putting it off or waiting until the “right time” then you might very well never get to it at all.

Whilst it is important that we work hard and look for ways to improve our job performance, there is more to life than our employment. At our recent Asia Management team meeting we each looked at a life-wheel of areas where we might want to set development goals. Work colleagues can often provide support in some of these areas and at the very least, represent a sounding-board on which to test out your plans.

Happiness comes from relationships and experiences not stuff.

The second area was after completing the online EdX course, this was as a result of Bart Schutte‘s promotion of free online courses MOOCs.

The course looked at what practices have been shown in studies to improve happiness and why we should bother, such as improved health, longer-life, lower stress, etc.

The key findings were that:

Sustainable happiness comes from social networks, such as colleagues at work.

Doing things for others, such as random acts of kindness or the Pay it Forward Movement.

Acquiring stuff doesn’t increase your happiness long-term, especially when you have already reached a basic level of comfort. Experiences bring much longer-lasting happiness.

There are practices that you can put in place in your life that will make a measurable impact on your happiness.

During our recent management meeting we tried some of these practices and will look to see which might work best for each of us. I have used some of them personally since taking the course and I was surprised by how effective they were in improving some work relationships that had not been easy.

If you are interested to learn more, try this post BBC News – A Point of View: The pursuit of happiness

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Jim Smith, Vice President Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Asia

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