The Sound of Happiness, One Note at a Time
By Sandy Schroeder
Finding happiness may be a lot simpler than we suspect. Or, perhaps I should say, I think I know of one proven path. In my travels through life, I see the same thing over and over. If you are pleased with what you are doing, everything else may just fall into place.
I have known scientists, psychologists, woodworkers, boat builders, artists, musicians, teachers, writers, and doctors, to name a few, who were delighted to be doing what they were doing. Result – they were having the time of their lives.
Lunch With a Concert
This concept came to mind recently when I had lunch with some friends of a friend. After a lovely lunch, one of the friends bent down and picked up his guitar. At the same time, he strapped on a device to simultaneously play a harmonica. Turns out, he has several regular gigs in New Orleans, where he is much in demand in jazz circles. They even hold his spot when he takes off for short tours in France or Italy.
As we sat wrapped in the sound of New Orleans jazz, we were all smiling and nodding. Here was someone happily enjoying life, making others happy too, note after note. What could be better!
After the concert, we talked a bit about his work. It was clear he had found his joy. I have seen this played out many times. When a job works well, often the individual reflects that contentment in all of the aspects of life. Perhaps, he or she is so pleased with their vocation that they bring more enthusiasm to everything else, too.
Jobs That Work
A scientist that I worked with was always beaming when he came from his lab. It turned out his wife was also an accomplished researcher, and their kids were interested in the projects. Imagine the conversations around that dinner table!
Another doctor that I worked with was never happier than when he had a successful day with his patients. The artists and writers I have known were at their best when their ideas were flowing.
The secret may prove what many say. If you find a job you like, you will never work another day. You will know if you have found it, if you get up thinking about your job as you fix breakfast. Later, when you arrive at work, you may be smiling as you look at the projects waiting. The reverse can be true if it’s the wrong spot, or the wrong job.
Happiness can spring up at the most unexpected times, but choosing the right job, task or focus could be an awfully good start.
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