February 12, 2011

Are you stressed at work?

I was working on a challenging project with an aggressive timeline. I started my days early, woking late into the night and I could see the accomplishments.  When I realized it was time to take some rest and call it a day, I still had energy to continue. The hours of work did not matter. Yet, I was back to work early the next day. This continued for weeks without a fatigue.

I am sure most of you had the privilege of experiencing this very positive phase at work at some time or the other. Possibly these are also the best times in life when we think there is perfect 'work-life' balance even though possibly we are spending most of our waking hours just working.

For me the best work day is when, after a long day I still feel like continuing with the work!

Yet, life is a roller coaster and so is work. It is not so uncommon to feel stressed at work at times. What is needed though is to know how to deal with stress, that would help minimize the stress bouts significantly.

The Chief Happiness Officer at positivesharing.com shares the Top 5 Myths about workplace stress

photo credit: positivesharing.com

January 15, 2011

The Happiness Advantage

What makes us happy? Is it success that brings happiness or is it the other way round, that happiness increases the chances of success?

In an earlier post on Success and Happiness, I shared:
Does success give us happiness? I still believe, yes, though with a caveat that it could be for a span of time. After certain time a success no longer may make us feel elated and the benchmark of defining our success changes.
Shawn Achor, author of the book The Happiness Advantage, did extensive research on this topic at Harvard and his findings were, and I quote from his book,
".. More than a decade of groundbreaking research in the fields of positive psychology and neurosciences has proven in no uncertain terms that the relationship between success and happiness works the other way round."
".. we now know that the happiness is the precursor to success, not merely the result. And that happiness and optimism actually fuel performance and achievement ..."
Happiness is a choice we can make for ourselves. Why not choose to be happy and be successful?