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The Flaw of Happiness

Are you happy? Are you with the right company? Have you chosen the right profession?

TalkShop common sense tips

Time and again, we hear about employers’ investment in having a happy work setting, only to close down because the productivity did not meet the stakeholders’ expectations.  We see employees staying in their companies because they are happy and later on leaving if they no longer are.

Happiness, it can be argued, lies within the organization and the person. It is the abstract vision that directs the soul of any group or institution to keep achieving.   It is the wordless drive that makes one thankful for each day that is.   Happiness is abstract. It is not evidenced by the sound of corporate celebration nor boisterous giggles.

If happiness were to be the measure for a company to retain its team and for employees to remain loyal, the corporate world will sooner or later collapse internally, as many companies have.  If happiness were to be the pursuit of any individual’s efforts, such person will most likely not get far nor achieve that much.

Companies that start with a great team, function on a high note just as individuals belonging to the right organization and environment, work with a smile – at least for the time being.

Happiness, on its own, is fleeting. It does not have any long-term bearing on a company’s growth nor an individual’s advancement.  Productive meetings are not a cheerful gathering of satisfied employees or stakeholders.  Productive meetings are avenues for sometimes harsh discussions and unnerving wake-up calls.  That is why they are productive.  You don’t gather the work team merely to give them a tap on their back.  You gather them so they remain driven by the motivation to give their best shot.  Sometimes, you have to make them look at the gray area or an empty space that will incite purposeful questions and determined action.

Similarly, a well-lived life is not one that is constantly flooded with parties and great company.  A life that is well-lived is one that has been subjected to the torture of failures and aloneness. It is well-lived because the individual to whom such life belongs has recognized the importance of being truly awake. And being truly awake requires dealing with all the demons of everyday reality.  And that is when life makes sense – when one is able to live it honorably, fully awake, through suffering and defeat.

Next time you are tempted to ask someone, “Are you happy?” I hope it is at some Christmas get together or a children’s party.

Why are you so worried about being happy when the sensible questions are “Have you contributed productive efforts to your company?”“Have you maximized your potentials in the profession where you can potentially thrive?”The bigger stage does not care so much about any one person’s happiness.  The bigger stage that functions 24/7 within us and everywhere on the outside, rests during the happy breaks, if those happy breaks are available.  But happy or not, we will thrive only when we decide to truly wake up and give our best shot, every step of the way. No more, no less.

“Are you happy?” Regard it as a regular greeting.  In the bigger scheme of our existence, it does not matter so much.

Posted by TalkShop
Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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