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Happiness as a Cultivated Activity

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Happiness as a Cultivated Activity

  1. 1. People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham LINCOLN
  2. 2. HAPPINESS 50% 10% 40% circumstances set point intentional activity THE DETERMINANTS OF HAPPINESS Genetic background
  3. 3. CIRCUMSTANCES : material wealth, marriage, employment status, income, and possessions. Benefits last for 2 weeks (Hedonic Treadmill)
  4. 4. Oncewe acquire a new bonus, status, or possession, we experiencea noticeable increase in pleasure. But soon (within a couple of weeks),we adapt to those new pleasures. The thrill evaporates, and we needto renew the experience again and again to sustain the feeling. THE HEDONIC TREADMILL
  5. 5. HAPPINESS CAN BE A CULTIVATED ACTIVITY 40% OF OUR HAPPINESS IS DETERMINED BY INTENTIONAL ACTIVITY
  6. 6. INTENTIONALACTIVITY Behaviors and practices that we voluntarily pursue Such behaviors are strongly resistant to the effects of adaptation : • No Hedonic Treadmill • Long lasting effect
  7. 7. INTENTIONAL ACTIVITY
  8. 8. • Perform better at work. • Have better socialrelationships. • Have better satisfactionscores. • Are less likely to get sick. • Are less likely to suffer from debilitating diseases. • Are better organizationalcitizens. Source : L. Thompson,2004. HAPPY PEOPLE
  9. 9. • Are absent more often from work. • Are less cooperative. • Are less helpful. • Perform worse. • Negatively affect the loyalty of customers and clients. Source : L. Thompson,2004. UNHAPPY PEOPLE
  10. 10. HAPPINESS IS CONTAGEOUS In theirresearch, Leigh Thompson(Northwestern) and Cameron Anderson (Berkley) found that : “Leaderswith positive moodswere particularly contagious and effected the positivity of others and their groups.”
  11. 11. Treat happiness like your exercise routine. Commit to it, and work on it.
  12. 12. Exercise at work too By helping others and making the mostof your talents: • Become a Mentor. • Train others and practice skills transfer. • Contribute to projects. • Be the one people can count on.
  13. 13. Wecancomplain becauserosebushes havethorns,orrejoice becausethornbushes haveroses. AbrahamLINCOLN Adopt a positive attitude • Develop a solution-oriented mindset. • Focus on similarities rather than differences (people). • Cultivate your emotional and social intelligence. • Develop a Growth Mindset (Dweck). • See the positive too (the bright side or the silver lining)…
  14. 14. Find your IKIGAI (purpose)

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