Martin Summerhayes (martinsummerhay) wrote,
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Happiness at work - is it possible?

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ― Mahatma Gandhi

The BBC news today, mentioned a study that mapped out across the UK, the personality types of people based on the regional variations. The online survey was conducted over two years and over 300,000 people took part. The project was conducted by Cambridge University by three non-english professors and the BBC. There were more than 100 questions that people had to complete, where the outcome was designed to rank their personalities according to five personality traits:

Extroversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism and Openness.

There is an online quiz that you can take, the details of which I'll add at the end of this post, that will enable you to define Where in Britain would you be happiest. This got me thinking that people assume that happiness iS only a function of where you live, rather than what you do. According to the WHO (World Health Organisation), most of the world’s population (58%) spend one-third of their adult life at work. Yes, 33% of your time is at work, therefore, you need to think that unless you focus and actively work on happiness at work, you could be miserable for one 3rd of your life. No wonder the Western world is so depressed.

I wanted to see if the premise of unhappiness at work was real. If you check out the enclosed article, it talks to the percentage of time workers spend doing tasks and the 39% stated that loss of productivity due to conflict in work.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/240076

The Harvard Business Medical school started a study in 1938, that continues to this day. It is the longest study into long term happiness in the world with over 77 years of continual research. One of the key outcomes that is directly related to work is talked about in this brief podcast from George Vaillent, who was the director of the study:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9769000/9769443.stm

Happiness is about long term relationships. Developing relationships at work, cultivating a sense of "emotional intelligence", is key. His favorite quote from the talk is......

"If want to be happy and you don't have a six-month-old to trade similes with, get yourself a puppy."

I refer you back to the start of this article and the quote I mentioned above. Lets all, today and every day, try to bring a little happiness into a 3rd of our lives:

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ― Mahatma Gandhi

The article on Where does my personality fit in?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31816926

Tags: happiness vampires, mahatma gandhi, mindfulness, work
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