How to Find Happiness at Work, a review of Srikumar Rao’s new book

October 5th, 2010 by lewis

I finally had a chance to read Srikumar Rao’s newest book, Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated, and Successful – No Matter What. Mc-Graw Hill’s PR team sent me the book a while ago.
Here are my top takeaways from Rao’s book:
  • Be resilient.
  • Don’t rail on the obstacles. It’s just a constraint you need to overcome.
  • Just observe. Don’t get emotionally swayed. Don’t label anything good or bad.
  • Let go of the baggage. If you meet at troublesome person in your life, expect that interaction to be delightful. If not, then let it go. Don’t carry it over.
  • Acceptance is key. Notice how a lot of resistance comes from what is in front of you.
  • Everyone, including the troublesome people in your life, have the same goal: avoid suffering and be happy.
  • Have a default emotional attitude of appreciation and gratitude.
  • By all means, work toward a goal, but stop fretting about outcomes.
  • Help others for the sake of doing so, not to plant an obligation or bask in thanks.
  • Don’t ever, ever, ever hand over the keys of your well-being and happiness to anyone.
I like the book. It reminds us that happiness is firmly within our control and encourages the reader to take the high points in life in stride and to ride through the low points.

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One Response to “How to Find Happiness at Work, a review of Srikumar Rao’s new book”

  1. October 12, 2010 at 9:30 pm, Melia said:

    Hi! I really enjoy your blog.. this post is one of my favorite. The quote "By all means, work toward a goal, but stop fretting about outcomes." rings a bell… it is quite hard to not think about what would happen if it doesn't work out the way you wanted it to be, but focusing on the process is all that matters as we cannot control what is ahead of us.

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