Happiness is misunderstood

Happiness is often misunderstood as the presence of positive emotions and the absence of negative ones.

  • It leads to work cultures that put pressure on people to show false positive emotions.
  • Associating being happy with being cheerful all the time creates another problem. Happiness can be classified as less serious and superficial, resulting in universities that avoid developing "happy" graduates.
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Self Improvement

Happiness is more than developing positive emotions. It also includes two other parts.

  • Having a clear and meaningful purpose.
  • Developing resilience enables us to deal with negative emotions when they appear.

Employers need to ensure workers can do engaging, meaningful and purpose-driven work to help achieve effectiveness and productivity.

People bring three dimensions to the job market: Physical, cognitive and emotional. Machines can take over both the physical and cognitive dimension. It is only in the emotional domain where humans still reign.

With increasingly more automated jobs, humans can still add value around creativity, relationships and self-fulfilment.

EI consists of four domains: self-awareness, social-awareness, self-management, and relationship-management.

Two daily exercises can help create foundational habits for EI.

  • Brain rewiring. Stating five things you're grateful for can help with gratitude.
  • "My emotions today", where you articulate your feelings, can help with emotional awareness.

Meditation and developing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Relevant and Timely) goals, a mission statement and a personal vision statement can also help to strengthen your EI.

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