Happiness is a Jaffa Cake Doughnut!

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Much was made by the Prime Minister not so long ago of creating a happiness index rather than just focusing on the economic indicators to decide how well a country was performing but since then we have had the riots and some rather devilish behaviour by Ministers of State, messrs. Fox and Djangoly, each potentially acting in conflict of interest situations; so I am not too sure where we are on the happiness strategy.

This week the economy dominates the headlines again with the inflation figures to-day, the Monetary Policy Committee’s minutes on Wednesday and later in the week the Retail Sales figures and public sector finances data. Not a lot of happiness there then.

A tanking economy is something of a downer so when the going gets tough what do you turn to? For many of us it is food or drink or both; perhaps the infamous Greggs Jaffa Cake Doughnut or the ubiquitous special coffee. Whatever your weakness does consuming it give you pleasure?

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According to Peterson, Park & Seligman in the Journal of Happiness Studies 6 (2005) there are three elements to a happy life:

  • Pleasure
  • Engagement
  • Meaning

Is it too much to expect any of those out of the working day? The going may be tough but a little happiness, and maybe therefore esprit de corps, might be generated by how you approach your work and the management of your team. Your attitude to work will have a huge impact on your team so how about scoring it against these components to see how you might re-frame your attitude and therefore that of your team?

In my experience, a happy team usually produce good results. In difficult times is that not what will make a difference?

Anyone for a Jaffa Cake Doughnut?

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