THE most important change you can make for more happiness

THE most important change you can make for more happiness

I'm always reluctant to recommend ONE thing for happiness or success because there are so many things and so many different strategies work for different people; but that being said, the ONE thing recommended in this article should definitely be at or near the top of your list…

by Jeffrey Pfeffer 

Be less judgmental. It will make you happier, more powerful, and help others around you.

It’s a new year—time for those resolutions.

Even the U.S. government is getting into the act by providing a list of the most popular resolutions and tips on how to achieve them. Some 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, according to Statistic Brain. The most popular are losing weight and getting organized.

So, in the spirit of the New Year, here’s one resolution that, if you make and keep, will make you happier, more powerful, and help others around you develop their potential more completely. The resolution: become less judgmental, particularly about people, but also more generally.

Judgment and happiness

When the reality television program “MasterChef Australia” somehow persuaded his holiness the Dalai Lama to appear as a guest judge, the program thought it had achieved a real coup. Of course, following the teachings of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama refused to render judgment on the food. “As a Buddhist monk it is not right to prefer this food or that food.” Buddhism teaches that constantly comparing what “is” with some desired state of “what should be” sets people up to be chronically dissatisfied. As Guardian contributor Barbara O’Brien wrote, “There is a 6th century Chinese text…that says, ‘To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.’”

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