One issue that comes up frequently in the area of happiness is -- no surprise -- the relationship of work to happiness. How to be happier at work. Why happiness is good for business. How to feel happier if you've lost your job. Etc.
Happiness is a critical factor for work, and work is a critical factor for happiness. In one of those life-isn't-fair results, it turns out that the happy out-perform the less happy. In addition, they work better with others, because people prefer to be around happier people, who are also less likely to show counterproductive behaviors like burnout, absenteeism, counter and non-productive work, work disputes, or retaliatory behavior than are less-happy people.
Of course, happiness also matters to work simply because work occupies so much of our time. Also, work can be a source of many of the elements necessary for a happy life: the atmosphere of growth, social contact, fun, a sense of purpose, self-esteem, recognition.
So, for your reading convenience, I've put together a list of posts that I hope are helpful on the issue of work and happiness:
What issues have I overlooked? What are your tips for feeling happier at work, or happier about work?
* A thoughtful reader sent me the link to this hilarious chart, A flowchart to lifelong happiness. Yes, this one page just about sums things up!
* It's Word-of-Mouth Day, when I gently encourage (or, you might think, pester) you to spread the word about the Happiness Project. You might:
-- Forward the link to someone you think would be interested
-- Link to a post on Twitter (follow me @gretchenrubin)
-- Sign up for my free monthly newsletter (about 46,000 people get it)
-- Buy the book
-- Put a link to the blog in your Facebook status update
-- Watch the one-minute book video
Thanks! I really appreciate any help. Word of mouth is the BEST.