I´ve just read “Stumbling on Happiness” by Daniel Gilbert. Almost 10 years old and not everything is new for an ambitious reader but Gilbert shares some great insights and results of his studies of happiness.
Up front I gotta say that this book is easy to read and it´s absolutely worth it. Some of his theses are eyeopening or at least thought provoking.
The beginning of the book is about “how much of what you do is for you NOW and how much is to please you in the FUTURE“. All of us are very future-focused and do actions often to please our future-us. Do you know that the human beings are the only animals that think about the future?
Saying NO and Staying Happy
This one is gonna be short but important.
Stacey Hall made a short article on Delivering Happiness about saying “no”.
I often wished for a way to say ‘no’ in a nice way.
One day, I got my wish. I made a request of someone else…and they replied with:
‘Thank you, but that doesn’t work for me.’
I loved that answer!
No explanations, no excuses, no apologies… just a clear, complete, and polite response that she would not be able to accept my request.
Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy
I want to share an illustrative article about Generation Y.
Posted in September on HuffingtonPost.com.
It´s about the huge differences in the past generations, how we handle our situations and what the big problem of the new generation is; Generation Y.
Set your own “happy goals” at work
Goal setting is essential. Laura Garnett made a blog article on deliveringhappiness.com about “how to set “happy goals” at work“.
She starts with the statement that being happier can be as simple as shifting to a more positive perspective by using the well-known example of the “half empty or half full glass”.
To bring hapiness to our work or day-to-day job we need to step back and focus on the bigger picture – not only details of our job.