So, 2013 has been pretty good to me. You see, I’ve been working full time (or more) since I was 17, and - with the exception of a 3-month stint of extreeeemely stressful unemployment back in 2005 - this year is the first occasion in my life when I’ve been able to take time out to focus on the question “what can I do next that will make me really, really, REALLY happy?”
It’s an opportunity that many people don’t get. So many of us are driven by forces beyond our control. Family, the necessity of a job (even if it’s the wrong one), societal expectations, children… there are an infinite number of factors that make it difficult for us to step back and determine if our life’s path truly brings us joy.
Recently, I had lunch with the CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi S, Annie Longsworth, who gifted me with a fantastic idea that I’ve decided to incorporate into the exploration of my next life chapter. She noted how much satisfaction I get from bringing happiness to other people (seriously - it really does give me annoyingly gleeful butterflies of giddiness in my stomach to bring joy into other people’s lives), and suggested that I take this opportunity to do some research into the concept of happiness and further develop my knowledge base on the subject. Essentially, she suggested: become the expert on Happiness.
Never before have I found a challenge more appealing.
(Well besides those “All You Can Eat 10 Pound Steak” challenges… those are pretty darn appealing.)
While there is a ton of information out there on the subject (Harvard Business Review dedicated an entire issue to happiness last year), but I think I am specifically interested in exploring… well… to be honest, I don’t know!
Do I want to explore how to be more happy myself? How to bring others more joy? How to help others find happiness for themselves? How businesses can promote happiness to their employees? Or their consumers? The idea of Gross National Happiness? Happiness versus fulfillment? Why we think certain things will make us happy, but they don’t? Patterns of joy over a lifespan? Whether money brings happiness? Whether other people can make us happy, or whether we just have to find it ourselves? UNhappiness…?
All of these topics are richly documented and extremely fascinating, and I’m simply going to let my pursuit of knowledge lead the way. And - of course - I plan on bringing this blog along for the ride.
The idea of #esavestheworld comes from my dream of living in a world filled with people who experience true happiness and love on a daily basis. I truly believe that by promoting these values on a global scale, we can create a world that is shockingly less complicated, violent, and heart-rending to live in. It’s my own nod to the naive, wide-eyed girl I used to be. An insistence in the belief that, if we mind the golden rule and we shamelessly exude love, the world as a whole would be a far happier place.
More to come over the upcoming days and weeks…