We have all heard comments like ‘money doesn’t make you happy’ and ‘it’s the little things in life’ but the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has gone one step further, they have actually completed a study that has found that happiness and its affects can be defined by a scale.
Following a piece in the Metro last week, the study has found that it isn’t happiness per se that makes us, erm, happy, it’s the meaningful elements of that feeling that will determine how long it lasts and therefore how significant it is.
Putting this in to context it makes sense. When you enjoy a glass of wine in a beer garden with friends you would say that you were happy but once removed from that setting the feeling doesn’t last. In contrast if you spend a day working in the garden (if that’s what you enjoy) then you may be shattered when you finish but the long-term happiness you will feel as a result of that effort outweighs that of the previous example.
According to this study we are all trying harder to be happier but again this can be counter-productive. Forced happiness is not real or true happiness and so if we try and create a feeling based on effort the results are likely to be misleading and disappointing.
Some people will read this and think that I’m absolutely crackers – so hold on to your hats people – but I really enjoy work. Strange I know but it’s true. Running a business is not easy and it comes with a big basket full of tears and tantrums but just like encouraging a disruptive toddler to behave, if you nurture what you do and really love it then you will see the benefits in the end.
We work hard at Open Comms and the last five years have come with their fair share of difficulties and challenges but looking back and taking the time to reflect makes me smile. We have come a long way and with changes ahead there are certainly exciting times that we are looking forward to embracing.
We have just changed the format of the office to allow us to expand. Watching things take shape and investing in our long term future and that of our team makes me happy – not for a short time but that warmth in your tummy kind of feeling and so I can relate to the study by UCLA and I agree – if it’s worth the effort you will get the reward.