There was a study that said “Happier people are able to choose better partners because they perceive themselves as better looking ” and “(they) also earned more money at work!” I imagined then that happier people are better able to choose a job that fits them well because they know what they want more clearly, and this translates to better productivity. Just like choosing a partner in a relationship. If you know you deserve better, you wouldn’t settle, right? And in the end, you will probably get what you want and you also wouldn’t mind waiting.
What is the boss’ role in corporate happiness? There was a 2009 Swedish study that tracked more than 3,000 men over a period of 10 years which revealed that those with “bad bosses” suffered anywhere from 20 to 40 percent more heart attacks than those with “good bosses”. Clearly, a leader’s attitude, behavior or mindset impacts the entire organization so much, thereby affecting and dictating the culture and performance levels of his team, and even more seriously, as this study shows, even his people’s mortality.
This leadership effect can be applied in all aspects of society – from the smallest unit of family to the immediate neighborhood, high school gangs to college fraternities, the smallest barangay to the highest levels of government. And to further emphasize the dichotomy, we could describe the opposite of good and happy when we look into the effects of divorce, child abuse, murder, hazing, graft and corruption.
Tal Ben-Shahar, a Harvard professor, defined happiness as .
Many successful entrepreneurs are naturally positive people who do not mind working 14 hours a day (or more) because their work gives them both meaning and pleasure. Their love for their work and the promise of success are enough to fire their passions. We could compare these hardworking entrepreneurs with social workers and medical volunteers who are able to transform lives through selfless acts of kindness, giving up their own personal time or even risking life to help those in need.
Why do people do good? Because it makes them happy. Can you imagine if we ask why people work well and the answer is – because it makes them happy? Imagine what our workplaces will be like, and more importantly, what our country will be like?