Change Happy

Thanks to my friend Loretta Donovan's posting on Facebook, I found Surinder Kahai's blog entry New Year Resolution: Be Happy at the Leading Virtually blog.

In this meditation on happiness, Kahai comes to an interesting insight:

~ "In our society we tend to think of happiness as an effect instead of a cause, but happiness as a cause is one of the oldest notions in religion and philosophy. We have simply forgotten the powerful impact of a positive mindset. What does all this mean at a practical level? Make a note of what what you would like to change. Also, figure out ways to be happy. Considering change from a mindset of happiness will help you think of possibilities that you not thought of before. You will think of creative goals and creative ways to change yourself. When you are happy, you are also likely to recommit yourself every day to achieving your goals and making change."

So, in a nutshell, happiness can drive change.

Seems like it's not too far off from the point David Cooperrider must have reached some years ago when he discovered the technology of appreciative inquiry.

I wonder if anyone has ever done a study of change agents to see how happy they are?

Posted by Terrence Seamon, December 27, 2008


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