I listen to sports radio on the way to work each morning. It is my happy place. Luckily, mixed in all the Cowboys news and such there is a lil’segment they do that highlights different musings. I thought it quite ironic that yesterday’s referenced a study out of Harvard, about happiness. Happiness comes from choosing to be happy with whatever you do, and strengthening your closest relationships. The 75 year longitudinal Grant and Glueck studies led by George Vaillant and Sheldon Glueck had one main finding that I thought really resonated with what Matt Arend and I discussed on Sunday night’s #IMOOC chat, “Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.”
What does that mean for you as a person?
- Choose happiness in whatever you do. I quoted some of Shawn Achor’s book “The happiness advantage” with the tag #choosehappiness, on the twitters that I feel may be guiding principles in my days moving forward, both professionally and personally.
- Strengthen your closest relationships. Relationships, relationships, relationships. This fabulous sketchnote shared from our hangout the other night really illustrates how this stood out to us four as well. (Thanks, Debbie!!)
What does this mean for me as a leader?
- Focus on how your team members feel about what they are doing even more than what they are doing. Perception is reality. Do you care more about being RIGHT, or about the relationship? This one is a work in progress, I talked more about the grace needed in leadership here.
- Invest in relationships with your team members. I love hearing from other principals on how they personalize this for their people, so please share!
Bottom line, happiness is a choice. An important choice. A life changing choice.