‘The Art of Happiness at Work’ written by HH the Dalai Lama and David Cutler, released in 1998 explored questions like “Where does work fit in to our overall quest for happiness?” and “To what degree does work satisfaction affect our overall life satisfaction and happiness?” The book was deeply rooted in Buddhist principles, especially that of “right livelihood”.
The goodreads description of the book captures the layers and depth of this book very well.
The discussion appears simple, if not obvious, at first, but upon closer scrutiny, the Dalai Lama’s profound wisdom and sensitivity emerges. For the Dalai Lama, basic human values such as kindness, tolerance, compassion, honesty, and forgiveness are the source of human happiness.
Throughout the book, he illustrates with clear examples how bringing those qualities to bear on work-related challenges can help us tolerate or overcome the most thorny situations. Recognizing that not all problems can be solved, the Dalai Lama provides very sound advice. The authors urge balance and self-awareness and wisely state, “No matter how satisfying our work is, it is a mistake to rely on work as our only source of satisfaction.”
And now Srikumar Rao has come out with his book ‘Happiness at work’ along the same line of thought, and tries to help shift your perspective and “learn the vital wisdom necessary to achieving a joyful, successful life as you define it through greater resilience and a strong inner core.”
35 short succinct chapters with titles like ‘Don’t stick a label on it’ and ‘Let it go – babies do!!’ make this book very readable.
And here is an excerpt from the book
We rate it a 3.5/5 on content and 4/5 on readability.
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