Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Mid-Week Reads: Happiness and Interview Tips

Work and Writing

Here’s some advice for writers.

I watched a couple of TED talks while having lunch yesterday, and I thought I'd share them with you. I totally plan to start the 30-day challenge. Matt Cutts gave me some much-needed motivation to improve my life.  


Why are we happy? I found it very interesting that a year after winning the lottery or becoming a paraplegic, both individuals are expected to be equally happy.

I don't quite agree absolutely, though. I get that something that's supposed to make you happy doesn't last long (3 months, Gilbert says). But I know my job has got me motivated and excited every week in the last year (and some months) and I know my relationship with the Guy, which is nearly six years old now, makes me happy nearly every day. Happy in a "I'm so lucky to have this", "I never imagined I'd be so happy" kind of way. On the other hand--it's not because I got the job or found the Guy that I'm happy: it's because both of these contribute to my happiness every single day.

Finding happiness. My boss has recently been reading the book the “Happiness Project”, and promised to send it over to me. Have you read it?

Femininity and Feminism


R's Mom said...

in the first link of what you should never say in an interview - “I need to check with my wife/brother/neighbor to make sure they can drop me off in the mornings.”

- Errr...I did that..told my boss that I need to drop my daughter to the daycare and wont come before 9.30 (office timings are 8.30 with bus facility) since I cant catch the office bus which leaves our area at 7.45 while R's daycare starts at 8..and I did get the job..I think its more about not sounding whiny but just setting expectations right from the start

Great reads as usual :)thanks for the efforts you take every Wednesday...I truely appreciate it

Unmana said...

R's Mom: Thanks very much!

And to be fair, you didn't say "I can't come in before 9.30 because my husband can't drop me off before then." I don't think anything was wrong with your stipulation, and glad you got the job!

Anita said...

Read Dan Gilbert's book 'Stumbling on Happiness'. Quite a scientific and interesting read.

Unmana said...

Thanks, Anita. I've added it to my wishlist.