|The Happiness Advantage
||[May. 8th, 2015|06:12 pm]
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The Happiness Advantage: Shawn Achor:|
I may have ended up with both of these books through recommendations from the moral psychology Coursera course I took earlier this year, or I may have gotten them from watching random TED talks – I don’t know. But strangely, they go together. Not just with each other, but with Andy Hunt’s programming advice books, too.
( Book ReviewCollapse )So, although I like the general ideas behind Achor’s book, and think they are good in moderation, they are only applicable in certain situations. If you’re at Harvard, using more of your time to work on your classes and ignoring your social life is bad (which Harvard students do: they have ½ of a relationship per four years at Harvard), but if you’re really handicapped in some way, shedding friends and missing poker night are probably a good idea.(*3) Similarly, if the reasons for your passion for your job align with the needs of your job, then yes, you can become better than people who work diligently at building their careers but don’t really love what they do. But if your passion has to do with something cosmetic about the job, like the need to care and the help or the respect or adulation, then I think you won’t do as well.
I meant to talk more about Ariely’s book, but this is already 2300 words, and so maybe I should give it a rest and hope that I can talk about it later. Realistically, I probably won’t. But it’s pretty good and you should read it.
( Other Books, 2015:Collapse )* Except, maybe, by taking out loans. But this is trickier than it seems. If you’re already working full time, this is taken into considerations of your “need,” so you qualify for so little as far as loans are concerned that you can’t start working less. This is one of the reasons why I doubt so much of Achor’s book: if I had followed his advice in my 20s, I would never have done some of the things that allowed me to get a college degree (let alone a doctorate).
** No matter what the cheerleaders think: my sister follower a varsity catcher around the minors for a few years.
(*3) Currently, I’m doing really well with my social life. I have friends, I do things, and I’m pretty happy. Y. spends all night studying stuff for the job she’s had for 7 years. And she’s still going to have a job in two years.