Tag happiness glorification

Looking for a working life with meaning

When seeking happiness in our working life, it’s easy to be swept up in the culture of passionate employment. To look at the memes about working hard and believing in your dreams and that’s it- success assured. Yet most Australian workers enjoy far less flexibility, financial incentive and freedom than what the idea of passionate employment allows for. Our relationship with work is changing. We are asking more of work than

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Productivity articles and other forms of self-inflicted stress

Sometimes it feels as though the minute we start creating, the world gets in the way. But have you ever wondered how much self-inflicted stress you’re soaking up? How many productivity articles or fancy new ideas might be tripping you up? What we do to ourselves sometimes in the name of career, entrepreneurship and work is counter-intuitive to getting the job done. There’s that desire to make money or a

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Confusing a life for a product is dangerous

It’s trendy to sell the idea of the life you lead instead a product. Business coaches, bloggers, wantpreneurs- they often frame their business experience as “this is what I did and you can do it to.” There are people who don’t know what they want buying the idea of a life in lieu of a business. Instead, they’re buying the idea of being entrepreneurial by following this lead. It’s infectious. It’s quite flattering to

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It’s not the internet’s fault you’re unhappy

Watching a few notable people run screaming from the internet recently has been slightly bemusing. I get it. Those of us who connected to social media on a regular basis are often in danger of spreading ourselves too thin. There is an addictive side to the internet where comments, likes and shares become something to covet. They begin to tickle that side of us that wants to be appreciated. It can translate into

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Talking work-life balance at Vivid Ideas: What did we learn?

100 shiny faces, 2 volunteers, 1 sponsor and a bunch of amazing panellists joined Hacking Happiness for our first ever foray into the wonderful world of Vivid Sydney’s Vivid Ideas. It was an amazing event held at the Museum of Contemporary Art overlooking Sydney Harbour. Here’s just a bit of what we discovered in the months leading to ‘the myth of work-life balance in a get-ahead culture.’ The concept of

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Do what you love: the perfect con

‘Do what you love’ is the siren call of the twenty-first century. But it could be the perfect con. “Do what you love”, says Marc Anthony, “and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Of course, it’s good for Marc Anthony to suggest so; he’s the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time, a two-time Grammy and five-time Latin Grammy winner. Winners are great at encouraging others to

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