Reen has compiled the findings of positive psychology research studies to expose our misconceptions about happiness and how they apply to our work life.
If your feelings about work are predominately negative rather than positive, then you are not alone. Surveys show that the number of dissatisfied workers in high and rising each year. It isn’t uncommon for people to leave their current work because they aren’t happy, only to find their new job doesn’t offer them long-term happiness either. Unless you discover what will increase your positive feelings, you are unlikely to make changes to your work life that will offer a true difference.
Why should businesses care whether or not their staff is happy? Research shows that happy workers are more productive, offer more to their organizations and are less likely to leave in search of a better job. The cost of training new hires is high, so establishing a strategy to encourage staff retention is important.
Many of the secrets in this book will apply just as much to your personal life as to your working one. In today’s world the different areas of our lives are so intertwined that it is often difficult to separate them. This book pulls together the secrets revealed by studies on happiness and provides strategies to increase the positivity in all areas of your life, especially at work.
Be warned however: few things in life are free. Changing your attitudes and behaviours will require determination and exercise, but the journey you begin with this book may well be the most rewarding one you ever take.
I really enjoyed your book. Your subject matter is relevant to all of us - not just in matters of employment, but in relationships too. You are able to illuminate common situations at work. The “oh yeah, I’ve been there” points are examples anyone can relate to. Your thoughts are well organized and your book really flows through situations with practical examples of what to do, how to avoid, and “what do you want?.” The easy to read style is part of what makes your book flow. I was on a gentle walk, with you beside me, narrating ideas and situations. I loved it. We were laughing a lot on that walk :) Your humour is soothing for a potentially difficult subject.
Leslie Ogren - Fresno, California