CT meditates: a comedy (20). Stumbling on happiness (book)

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I love Daniel Gilbert’s work: Stumbling on Happiness. It is a collection of gems, and is interspersed with the results of clever psychology experiments that tell us how your mind works, and it doesn’t work the way you think it works!

Specifically, I enjoyed the three-part description of the components of happiness at work. Ask yourself, is your work:

  • Meaningful (do you see a greater purpose to your work)
  • Pleasurable (do you enjoy the work)
  • are you Good at it?

I remember this using the acronym “MPG.” Having work that is at least one of these, leads to happiness. Having all three is the jackpot.

Remember, if you’re coming on the 3-minute daily journey with me:  eyes closed,
with just the simple goal of spending 3 minutes in a comfortable pose, and focusing on breath. Then to watch the inevitable stream of thoughts floating by, observing each one as a puffy cloud, letting it just drift by without diving into it, and returning to breath.

CMIO’s take? I am grateful to acknowledge that my job is M, P and G. Are you working toward your MPG?

Author: CT Lin

CMIO, UCHealth (Colorado); Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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