In today's society, it's common to hear people discuss the importance of striking a healthy work-life balance. Business and employment "steal" a significant portion of each day, leaving little room for anything else. There will always be ups and downs when discussing the costs of starting a business or working, but for how much longer? Are you happy now that you've made all these sacrifices?
In the past few years, I've become more and more interested in happiness. As a result, I've come across many books, speeches, and movies that have changed how I think about work and what it means to be an entrepreneur.
Once upon a time, the author held the position of assistant professor at Harvard, where he initiated his research on the subject of happiness. Achor's book is a worldwide bestseller because he uses numerous studies and research to prove that one's level of professional achievement is not a reliable indicator of one's level of happiness. As the study shows, a positive outlook increases one's chances of achieving one's goals. Being happy is the primary goal.
Paul Jarvis explains why microbusinesses will cause a market revolution. The most obvious conclusion is that companies should strive for expansion. In extreme cases, this can cause the company's founders and employees to give up and admit defeat. Paul Jarvis provides an alternative viewpoint. For example, his book "Company of One" discusses how to create minimalist companies that succeed in the long run. In addition, such enterprises aim to accommodate the lifestyles of the business owner and their teams rather than the other way around.
If you're thinking about going freelance, launching a startup, or simply agreeing that there needs to be a healthy equilibrium between work and personal life, this is the book for you.
Also, Harvard University did the most comprehensive study on happiness. For over 75 years, 724 men from different socioeconomic backgrounds were followed to find out how happy they were with their lives.
The most important takeaway is that those with close bonds with their loved ones and the larger community enjoy greater well-being, health, and longevity than those with fewer ties. My advice is to rethink your priorities if you find that your work and business obligations are getting in the way of your relationships with the people you care about most.
The Art of Making Memories and Hygge: The Danish Recipe for Happiness are two Happiness Research Institute CEO Mail Wiking's books that have become international bestsellers. He says that if you want to be happy, you should do meaningful things, keep good relationships, and find your life's purpose.
Having a career and working can provide that sense of meaning and satisfaction. The snare is that they take our focus away from more meaningful pursuits, such as interpersonal relationships.
Consider how you can use these six types of memories to make new, beautiful ones daily or weekly. That's the sort of target we should be focusing on more frequently.
Words on success, labor, and joy in the workplace
While I agree that having a successful business and being well-respected by one's peers can make for a more fulfilling existence, I also recognize that these two things are frequently to blame for one's unhappiness. It's essential to prioritize your joy over meeting the standards of others. I believe we will be happier if we center our careers and businesses on our lives rather than the other way around. To put it simply, it's a question of emphasis.