Susan Peppercorn points out in her article on HBR that if you set happiness as your primary goal, you may end up feeling the opposite.
As she wrote: "This is because happiness (like all emotions) is a fleeting state, not a permanent one.”
Recent research shows that one of the most effective and least used ways to increase productivity, commitment, and performance is to make work more meaningful. Peppercorn also cites a recent study in which Shawn Achor and his researchers found that nine out of ten people would be willing to trade a percentage of their life’s gains for a more meaningful job.
According to research on happiness and meaning conducted by psychologist Roy Baumeister and colleagues, five factors differentiate meaning and happiness:
- getting what you want or need,
- time frame,
- social life,
- challenges &
- personal identity.
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