The Art of Happiness at Work is a book that is well worth reading. It not only discusses how our work affects us, but how our outlooks can affect the way we interact with others and how that affects how that affects how that may affect the way others see us.
The book is also an interesting blend of East and West - at least on this subject. For example, Dr. Cutler would present to His Holiness the Dalai Lama what a study done with regard to different aspects of work related issues (such as boredom, stress, overwork) concluded and the Dalai Lama would present his thoughts on the subject.
There are suggestions throughout the book that show how individuals can improve their outlook towards work, themselves, and their coworkers. What I liked about the book is that there are no cut and dried answers and even the Dalai Lama said, in essence, that it depends on each individual situation.
The Art of Happiness at Work is a wonderful blend of humor, suggestions, and ways to improve your outlook, but it allows each individual reader to take from it what he or she wants to take away from it.
For the first time since The Art of Happiness, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has teamed up with psychiatrist Howard Cutler to continue the discussion about what makes life meaningful.
In conversations with the Dalai Lama over the past several years, Howard Cutler has asked the questions we all want answered about how to find happiness in the place we spend most of our time -- work. Beginning with the basic need to find satisfaction in our careers, Dr. Cutler questions His Holiness about the nature of work. In psychiatry and according to the Dalai Lama, our motivation for working determines our level of satisfaction. The Art of Happiness at Work explores these three levels of focus:
• Survival: focus on salary, stability, food and clothing• Career: focus on advancement• Calling: focus on work as a higher purpose
Dr. Cutler probes the Dalai Lama's wisdom by posing these questions: What is the relationship between self-awareness and work? How does lack of freedom at work affect our levels of happiness? How can we deal with boredom or lack of challenge? Job change and unemployment? How much of our misery comes from our identity being tied up with work?
Dr. Cutler walks us through the Dalai Lama's reasoning so that we may know how to apply his wisdom to daily life. The Art of Happiness at Work is an invaluable source of strength and peace for anyone who earns a living.