Alexander Kjerulf always has some interesting perspectives to share over on his blog, The Chief Happiness Officer. Recently he made a case for why he thinks happiness is the ultimate productivity booster. Read his post for the expanded version, but in a nutshell...
- Happy people work better with others
- Happy people are more creative
- Happy people fix problems instead of complaining about them
- Happy people have more energy
- Happy people are more optimistic
- Happy people are way more motivated
- Happy people get sick less often
- Happy people learn faster
- Happy people worry less about making mistakes - and consequently make fewer mistakes
- Happy people make better decisions
On the whole, I have to agree with him. In my work helping people find passion in their careers, I get to see the difference in people's lives before and after finding a path that lights them up. I get to see what a difference it makes when people are happy with the way they spend their days. I've also experienced it in my own journey. And the difference is amazing.
Alexander talks about happiness being more of a productivity booster than the traditional approaches of time management, etc. Another way to look at it is that happiness is the source of energy and fuel, and the traditional productivity approaches focus that energy, making sure that more of it is translated into forward motion.
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM