I remember working very hard for a Silicon Valley start-up. One day I heard the founder/CEO say in exasperation, “I’ll be happy only when we go public!” That was clearly the goal for everyone in the company — having an initial public offering, or IPO, would be a major achievement — and all of us early employees would stand to make millions of … [Read more...] about How to Avoid the “I’ll Be Happy Only When …” Syndrome
Think for a second about the older people you know – whether they’re your parents, neighbors, colleagues or friends. Are they happy? The evidence suggests that we can learn a lot about happiness from the older members of our communities. Economics professors Dr. Andrew Oswald from Warwick Business School and Dr. David Blanchflower from Dartmouth … [Read more...] about Life might suck now. But it should get better…
"If a man knows the 'why' of his existence, he will be able to bear almost any 'how',” wrote Dr. Viktor Frankl in his seminal work Man's Search for Meaning. Frankl spoke with the authority of intense personal agony and courage. Born into a Jewish family in Vienna in 1905, Frankl later became a psychiatrist. The Nazis murdered his father, mother, … [Read more...] about What Does the World Need from You?
My wife and I recently had to spend an extra night near the airport in Newark, New Jersey. I had led a couple of my workshops in New York City, and we were trying to fly back to our home in San Francisco. Unfortunately, intense rains in the Northeast forced the cancellation of many flights. At first, we were disappointed that we could not get … [Read more...] about The Immigrants Making America Great Again
Do you need a boost of happiness? I’d like to share with you some of the best research and articles I’ve been coming across, as I continue to write my book on how to create happy, peak performance teams. (You can learn more about my talks and workshops here.)I hope you can apply these insights to your life, starting now. This article has so … [Read more...] about Harvard research on money and happiness
Are you employed? What do you work on? And WHY do you do this work? Are you there just to get paid, and for no other reason? Are you seeking to achieve and advance? Or does your work fill you with purpose? You can think of your work as any of these three scenarios, according to Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski, a professor of organizational … [Read more...] about Screw Your “Job.” Define Your “Calling.”