“In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy” – Bobby McFerrin
Just like the song “Don’t worry, be happy” from Bobby McFerrin released in 1988 (and which now I can’t stop singing to myself here at the office), as many as 85 percent of Americans might sing this tune every morning to cheer themselves up, and go to their job or workplace that doesn’t make them happy. Maybe that job is not their passion, their dream, or it’s not what they envisioned doing for the rest of their lives, but they have to pay the bills somehow.
The not-so-happy stats
The statistic that 85 percent of Americans are unhappy at their current jobs is according to a Gallup study. Yes, you read that right, 85 percent. And if you’re not happy in the place you work and with the people that you spend eight or more hours a day, there’s a big problem.
Surprisingly, ”while many assume happiness is a derivative of success, multiple studies have proven that isn’t quite the case. Findings underscore that many professionally successful people and those with notable wealth are actually not happy — often, quite the opposite is the case. Even more surprising is that what people might perceive as success could actually be hindering their happiness, well-being and overall economic growth,” says Jackie Ruka, founder of the Get Happy Zone, a personal and professional development organization.
You can be happy right now
Even though you can’t buy it on TV or online and I can’t promise you it will happen like magic, you can be happy too. However, there are some things you need to understand first:
- Happiness leads to success. Therefore, happiness is NOT the result of success. To be successful, you have to be happy first. Is that clear? If not, re-read the previous sentence until you understand it.
- You are responsible for your own happiness. You are your own “happiness ambassador.”
If companies like Costco, Google, Zappos and countless others have made most of their workforce happy a possibility, your company can too. These corporations have health care and corporate culture programs in place that help their workers be happier.