Sonja Lyubomirsky has just published a book on happiness adding to the growing mountain of work in this area. It is a subject that often comes up when I talk about Portfolio Careers with people. Those who have them say they could not be happy with anything else and those without them cannot imagine being happy with the extra stresses and strains involved. Sonya makes the point that despite growing scientific consensus that happiness is partially genetically determined, and despite the conclusion from a lot of research that our life circumstances don’t affect our happiness as much as we think they do, still a large portion of happiness is under our power to control. She argues that up to 40% of individual differences in happiness are accounted for by intentional activities. Of course, this number is an average and an estimate and not set in stone, but it helps many people understand how much they can do to improve their happiness. So what she is saying is that happiness takes work! So make sure that the workstyle that you choose helps you to implement your values, utilise your strengths and helps you to enjoy your journey. Happiness is not an endpoint, it describes how you might feel at points on that journey.
Happiness – does it just come naturally?
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