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Meaningful work is driven by intrinsic, rather than extrinsic, motivation.
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"Your overall satisfaction with life certainly matters. But you create meaningful change in moments and days, not years and decades. It is easier to improve your own happiness — and the well-being of others — when you focus on doing it right now. Taking small, meaningful actions today is ...
Pursuing happiness for loved ones or for your community is a worthwhile goal. But trying to create happiness for yourself can have the opposite effect.
The result of trying to be busy is a poorly managed life. If you are busy throughout the day and bouncing from one thing to the next, you’re probably not focusing on constructive activity.
The best way to produce sustainable increases in well-being is to appreciate what you already have and to continue creating new positive experiences with the people who matter most.
Creating meaning is an evolutionary process that grows by the day, as opposed to a grand purpose that suddenly falls in your lap.
The future of work lies in redefining it as doing something that makes a difference each day. Work is about productively applying your talent.
Three key conditions differentiate days when you have a full charge from typical days:
"You create meaning when your strengths and interests meet the needs of the world. Knowing your talents and passions is critical, but that is only half of this supply-and-demand equation. What may be even more important is understanding what the world needs from you and how you can produc...
We need at least three to five positive interactions to outweigh every one negative exchange. Bad moments simply outweigh good ones.
Doing things for others and living a life of meaning is important. But without energy, you can’t do your best work.
While there is some overlap, the differences have clear implications for how people spend their time.
One of the downfalls of the “follow your passion” advice is that it assumes that putting your own passion and happiness at the center of your world is what leads to meaning, fulfillment and joy. That is often not the case.
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