The Link Between Engagement and Happiness

Happy leaders are engaged leaders

Numerous studies on happiness report that relationships and altruism/helping others are two fundamental keys to a happy life.

We are social animals. People who have good social, community and business networks are reported to be, in general, happier than loners and isolates. One of the leading causes of depression and declining health in the elderly is the decline of social interaction.

The capacity for cooperation and communication are key to survival and development, but when our focus is dominated by ‘ME,’ we tend to alienate others and lay the groundwork for walling ourselves off from others.

Engaged leaders, workers and employees are simply happier than those who simply put in their time. Engaged leaders extend themselves to their peers and subordinates. Engaged leaders want to raise the engagement factor for everyone. They want everyone to not only see the vision, but to actively engage in the process of bringing the vision into reality.

People who have one or more close friendships appear to be happier. It doesn’t seem to matter if we have a large network of close relationships or not. What seems to make a difference is if, and how often, we cooperate in activities and share our personal feelings as well as provide support to a friend or relative. Simply put, it’s not the quantity of our relationships, but the quality that matters. Read full article »

Employees who feel like their part in the process is valuable, recognized and appreciated are more likely to bring their ‘A-game’ to work than those who feel like they are simply trading time for money and the money is seen as their key to happiness.

But: I don’t. Being an entrepreneur is the absolute hardest thing I’ve done professionally. Every day is a psychological battle to not let the overwhelming stress, long hours, uncertainty and emotional rollercoaster of being in a start-up beat me down.

Which means that to be happier at work, I’ve had to become intentional about it. Like working out or eating healthy, being happier is something you have to work on. It’s a skill that takes practice. The good news is that a growing body of research shows there are simple, concrete things you can do that will help you feel more positive at work and they don’t require huge changes. Read full article »

Engaged leaders lead others, mentor others, encourage others. They recognize that they can’t do it alone, that success is a cooperative enterprise and helping others to succeed and reach their goals is the most efficient and rewarding road for all.

What’s it take to get engaged? The first step in most processes of change and improvement is to first recognize and understand what is in the way. What are our limiting beliefs, attitudes and habits that lend to our dissatisfaction and frustration? Going deeper is, more often than not, the easy cure.