My friend Annette (who is the CEO of Årstiderne) sent me these inspiring words:
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement,
the thrill of creative effort.
The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.
Happiness does not come from doing easy work.
It comes from the afterglow of satisfaction after the achievement of a difficult task that demands your best.
Your personal growth itself contains the seed of happiness.
You cannot pursue happiness by itself.
There is no happiness except in the realization that you have accomplished something.
Happiness thrives in activity.
It’s a running river, not a stagnant pond.
I agree completely. Achievement feels great. We all like to get results, make a difference, contribute value and do work we can be proud of.
My only quibble with this is that achievement is not the only source of happiness at work. I believe there are two things that make us happy at work and getting results is one of them.
See if you can guess what the other thing is :o)