White paper: Is Happiness at Work possible?

Most of us are socialized – at school, by parents, at work, by society at large – to believe that if we work hard, and become successful, we’ll become happy. So this belief motivates many people as they seek the next thing in life: the next raise; the next big deal; the next good grade, etc.  Or in our personal lives: the next 10 pounds; the next better car; the next bigger house, etc. So it’s always success first, happiness follows.

The problem is that the model is broken. With each “victory”, our goalposts for success keep getting pushed further and further out, so happiness gets pushed over the horizon. It’s the treadmill of happiness: we’re always on it, never attaining it. We just push on harder and harder—and it gets further and further away.

Why is the formula broken? Because it’s backward. Happiness is the precursor to success, not the other way round. Actually, happiness and optimism fuel performance and achievement!

More than 10 years of ground breaking research proves that happiness is the precursor to success, not the other way round. Actually, happiness and optimism fuel performance and achievement! This discovery has been confirmed by over 200 scientific studies and research on 275,000 people worldwide, including dozens of Fortune 500 companies.

How important is this discovery? Consider the world pre-1543, when Copernicus released On the Revolution of Celestial Spheres. The prevailing wisdom was that the sun revolves around a fixed Earth. Everyone believed that. The reality is that the Earth revolves round the sun. In Western society in particular, the belief all along has been that happiness revolves around success: the reality is that success is driven by happiness.

To read more, please download the White Paper on our happiness at work research, Is Happiness at Work possible?