28 Jun Take a break for happiness at work
“Positive psychology aims to make common sense more common in and out of business”, Ben-Shahar says.
It does not focus simply on breeding happiness because “the negation of unhappiness does not necessarily lead to happiness”. For example, if you are no longer depressed, you may not be particularly happy, he says. And happiness on its own does not necessarily lead to higher productivity.
When you cultivate strengths, wellbeing, and positive relationships, on the other hand, not only do you become happier, you also become more resilient and better able to deal with difficult times, hardships, anxiety and depression.
That process involves introducing certain practices that increase “positive experiences”, Ben-Shahar says. In the business world, one of these is proving to be “mini recovery times”.
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