Startup general interest

How to be happy

By February 12, 2014 6 Comments

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn has posted Five keys to happiness that he learned from his mentor and happiness expert Ray Chambers:

1. Live in the moment

2. It’s better to be loving than to be right

3. Be a spectator to your own thoughts, especially when you become emotional

4. Be grateful for at least one thing every day

5. Help others every chance you get

It’s a great list to read and be inspired to improve behaviour. Being grateful for something every day is one thing I can get better at immediately.

I want to think about three of them in a work context though as it seems to me there is a trade off between getting stuff done on the one hand and living in the moment, being loving rather than right, and helping others all the time on the other. It seems to me that in these three areas (1, 2, and 5 in the list above) we should be striving for the right balance, and the thing to do is assess where you are at the moment and whether or not we should do more of them.