Does your happiness really matter?
As a communication consultant and trainer, I work with many leaders and organizations on developing specific habits and practices that will help them be more effective in their work and with their teams.
So, a colleague who follows my work said to me the other day, “Claire, I don’t understand. You talk a lot about happiness. Don’t people just want you to help them be more productive and efficient? Where does happiness fit in?”
This is a great question that deserves explanation.
Imagine you…working 40 – 50 hours per week, giving your time and heart to your job.
You…spending most of your waking hours with a leader who is NOT thinking about happiness.
How would you like to work for that person?
Now, consider the opposite.
YOU… working 40 – 50 hours per week, giving your time and heart to your job.
You…spending most of your waking hours with a leader who IS thinking about happiness.
With whom would you rather work?
Which leader would get the best quality work from you?
Which leader would capture your commitment and creativity?
Without a sustained commitment to cultivating a positive state of mind, many leaders will focus too heavily on “doing,” at the expense of “being.”
They will implement the latest tools and techniques only to find that they hit an invisible ceiling that limits the impact they can have– no matter how proficient they get at using their tools and techniques.
But you might be wondering, “Is this actually a problem? Isn’t everyone basically working in favor of their own happiness?”
And again, it’s a good question.
My answer is this: Some people are naturally optimistic and positive; joy and happiness come easily to them.
But even for those lucky ones, without a specific intention to cultivate and preserve the seeds of happiness, the stresses of everyday life can easily dampen our spirits and take us off course.
How many times have you been in a really good mental space, only to wake up the next day to find that your ebullience was temporary, and that gloom has settled in?
Negativity abounds, and we are pre-disposed to pay attention to the negative as a survival mechanism. Therefore, we must be steadfast. We must commit to cultivating happiness as a way of life, especially if we hold a position of power.
Here is what I know for sure…
If you’re looking for more scientific research on the topic, I urge you to read Shawn Achor’s book, The Happiness Advantage. It is a great read and will convince you (I believe) that happiness can be a selfless pursuit.
If you’d like to join in a deeper conversation about bringing happiness to life, join my Leadership Book Club. We are talking daily about happiness habits and currently reading, Broadcasting Happiness by Michelle Gielan.
It’s FREE! All are welcome! Join HERE
Meanwhile, make a commitment.
And let me know your thoughts. I appreciate every comment and invite the conversation.
About the author:
Claire Laughlin is a communication consultant and trainer, ruthlessly dedicated to creating happy, high-energy workplaces! With 25 years of diverse workplace consulting and training experience, she brings energy, enthusiasm and a positive (you might even say, “happy”) perspective to every client project. You can count on Claire to help every person develop their leadership ability and to unleash the potential in your workplace.
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