Happiness Economics

The challenges of life are magnified when you earn less, but earning far more doesn’t make you happy. Study after study shows this.

This from Drucker Apps says more:

“For Peter Drucker, keeping workers happy and satisfied went beyond giving them fat paychecks. He suggested that workers needed to feel satisfied in multiple ways (physiologically, psychologically, socially, economically and by having a measure of power). Work is “impersonal and objective,” he wrote in his 1973 classic, Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices. “But working is done by a human being.… As the old human relations tag has it. ‘One cannot hire a hand; the whole man always comes with it.’”

In this edition of Drucker Apps, we invite you to join our conversation about what brings you happiness at work. Weighing in will be Daniel Pink, best-selling author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us; Sonja Lyubomirski, psychology professor at the University of California at Riverside and author of The How of Happiness; Ed Diener author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth; and others with insights into this subject.

We open things up with this question: What’s the job that made you happiest in your life, and was it the money or something else that left you feeling that way?


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