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December 2011
Celebrate Work!
Rekha Shetty
 
The maximum number of heart attacks happen on Mondays. Over 60 per cent of the people are happiest on Friday afternoons. So, it does look like most people are happy to be away from work!

The great poet Kahlil Gibran in The Prophet answers the question, ‘What is it to work with love?’ The Prophet says, “It is to weave the cloth from the strings of your heart as though your Beloved were to wear it.”

People can be very happy if they love their work. When you infuse a sense of pride and joy in what you do, it becomes a joyful experience, instead of a chore. To work at something you love, is to be ‘self-actualized’, in Maslow’s terms. This will ensure that you die young when you are 100 years old.

A recent Qualifications Authority of City and Guilds, London, survey shows that hairdressers have the highest levels of happiness at work! The reason? They are in direct touch with their customers and can be creative.

Happy Professions
  • Serve others. Look at your profession as a means to serve and make others happy.
  • Make a living causing the least amount of pain to living creatures.
  • Eliminate mad deadlines.
  • Ensure freedom to be self-dependent, take your own decisions and be innovative.
  • Believe in hi-touch along with hi-tech.

Not-so-happy Professions
  • Results are uncertain, not immediate.
  • Bosses and customers are critical, invest large sums of money and work you to the ground to recover it.
  • There are too many rules.
  • Feedback is not positive.
  • You or your actions cause harm to others.
  • Decisions are made by a third party: a judge.
Due to late office hours, the corporate jungle takes an unimaginable toll on one’s health and happiness. The endless deadlines, the deadly competitiveness, all impact the body negatively. Due to constant job-hopping, many executives find themselves in threatening environments surrounded by potential enemies. They have no time to develop friends or trusted supports. Nuclear families build up explosive pressure due to rising expectations, fuelled by the media.If we do not enjoy our work and feel overwhelmed by it, it will surely damage us. ‘Fast tracking,’ being a corporate star, will extract the inevitable price of lost happiness, if you are not aware of the impact of everything you do on your system. You can start by consciously breathing slowly and calmly.  
  • Plan to cut off from work on weekends.
  • Meditate. Take care of yourself.
  • Look at your life-goals and evaluate your job to achieve them.
  • Learn to say ‘NO’.
  • Remember people are more important than getting promotions.
  • If you have a toxic workplace change jobs.
  • Know that you are more important than all material things.
Celebrate work and enjoy a happy, healthy life!
 
Rekha Shetty She is an acclaimed author, entrepreneur and thinker.She has authored some popular books such as 'The Zero Attack Path' and 'The Happiness Quotient'


    
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