January 23, 2010 – The last few months of 2009 found me exploring the field of positive psychology, which has often been referred to as the science of happiness. Although often given short shrift in the business world, research has indicated that happiness confers definite benefits: happier people tend to be healthier, live longer and be more successful in their careers and relationships. The implication is that happiness is good for business.
The happiness which yields the above long term benefits is not the momentary pleasure of a chocolate milkshake on a hot summer’s day; rather it is the happiness derived from crafting and living the good life.
What exactly is the “good life?” Philosophers throughout the ages have pondered this question and come up with widely differing answers. Current research suggests a correlation between utilizing our signature strengths in accordance with our values and achieving our goals, as a measure of happiness.
And yet questions remain: Is Happiness measured by the quality of the experience or by the quantity of happy moments? How hedonic is our pursuit of happiness? What are the benefits derived from living a happier life? Do we actively pursue happiness, or do we strive to achieve happiness through other pursuits?
As 2010 begins and we contemplate our New Year’s Resolutions, I propose that we hereby:
RESOLVE to consider the impact of happiness on our lives.
As we explore the concept of happiness during the year, bear in mind that our motivation is to foster success in our life endeavors and in living the good life: Happiness is a fortunate by-product of that process.
Consider the possibilities.
Adam J. Krim www.driveconsulting.net