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8 Jan 2012

About the New York Times Column-Do Happier People Work Harder?

Posted by groupofchange

On September 4th, 2011 I came across a column in NY Times SundayReview. It was about People not feeling happy about their jobs and the possible reasons underlying it. This important piece of writing belonged to Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer. They have looked at the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being index polling over 1,000 adults. The results were not very pleasant as it was revealed that people of all ages, and across income levels, are unhappy with their supervisors, apathetic about their organizations and detached from what they do.

What is the outlined reason? The authors looked at the reasons especially at the micro-level. And they investigated nearly 12,000 electronic diary entries from 238 professionals in seven different companies. They found out that the inner work life of those working population lied at the root of all disengagement, lack of motivation and productivity and unhappiness.

Today, we are talking about the economic crisis surrounding the globe, starting with the unfavorable economical situation in the US. It is very remarkable to see the root cause lying at the very heart of our personal perceptions, understanding of events, inner motivations and very deep emotions.

This is where our work should begin. The inner situation of just one individual might seem too micro-analytical to explore, but the results including many academic research show that this is actually the case. Unfortunately, people in the world today would like to remedy their dissatisfaction through temporary means such as consumption of certain goods, abusing drugs, drinking alcohol and by constantly complaining about the problem they experience. That is why going to a psychologist has never been popular in anywhere in the world.

Actually, beyond going to a psychologist, I believe more permanent solution is called for… Inner work is something that we all need to learn as one-on-one psychotherapy is both expensive and impractical as the latest edition of the Psychology Monitor also mentions.

It is a matter of society, the mass who need to be educated at the grass roots level starting from the first day at the kindergarten going into the last day of college.

This is how we can also save the next generation.

With Awareness and Oneness…


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