Last week was a very busy one for me, where I had no less than 4 gigs last week of a wildly varying nature.
From talking to a group of students from Aiesec about happiness at work in a volunteer organization, to talking to a group of insurance claims handlers about stress and busyness. That last presentation, incidentally, happened on one of their busiest days, because Denmark had just been hit by severe thunderstorms – giving insurance companies nationwide a lot of extra work. Talk about good timing :o)
Thursday I presented on happiness at the reboot conference. Preparing for this, it turned out that working with happiness at work for the last 4 years has also taught me a lot about happiness in general – partly because I’ve been keeping up with a lot of the research done in positive psychology and in economics, but mostly because in that period I have literally lived for happiness – mine and others’.
The presentation content itself turned out to be completely different from my “happiness at work” presentations, and I had to develop a completely new presentation for this event.
My main points were:
- Happiness is the point of our existence. We’re here to be happy.
- Happiness is easy. Everything we need to be happy is easy to get.
- We tend not to know what makes us happy.
- Happiness is subversive. Happy people are the greatest danger to some of the structures in society that are holding us back.
I like how the presentation went and some people told me later that it was one of their favorite reboot experiences.
Then on Friday I went to Stockholm to do my first presentation in Sweden and that went even better. A group of around 50 business leaders, HR people and journalists heard my standard presentation on happiness at work and they really, really seemed to like it.
Which is good, because I did the event together with Swedish speaker bureau 4good, and we’re hoping to develop many more speaking gigs for me in Sweden.