08 Feb Happiness and….living the good life
Chris Peterson is one of the most respected positive psychologists and one whose opinion is both highly regarded and widely read. So we thought we’d bring you one of the articles he recently wrote for Psychology Today…
What makes life worth living? For those of us in Ann Arbor, the short list usually includes Zingerman’s Delicatessen, a deliberately local business with the motto: “food that makes you happy, service that makes you smile.” The food at Zingerman’s is not cheap, but when Ann Arborites can afford it and even when we cannot, we happily partake, not only savoring the food and enjoying the service but also remembering that Zingerman’s provides health insurance and paid vacations for all employees, that it shares its profits among them, and that it does a lot of wonderful things for Ann Arbor, like sponsoring a farmer’s market just off our downtown area.
I described Zingerman’s as deliberately local, meaning that despite offers to franchise the brand and go national or global like Border’s Books (which also began in Ann Arbor), those who run Zingerman’s have decided not to do so. They have decided to be great rather than gigantic.
To read the full article about happiness and living the good life – click here