How Important Is Your Happiness?

Imagine a world… where when you left for work in the morning you were excited about the people you were with all day. Where when you parked the car, you knew the lady that was parking next to you. The guy that works in the desk across the hall is also the guy you play basketball with after work on the weekdays. While on the weekends you already have a group of 10-20 colleagues that you could go to concerts with, drink craft beers with and have genuine heartfelt conversations with. Sounds like a great place to work right? Sadly according to a study conducted by Time Magazine out of 2,202 Americans surveyed over the age of 18 only 33% reported that they were happy overall. The study was not conducted to figure out why this was the case, however slightly over half of those surveyed reported that they were frustrated with their Career. As the human species, we physically and mentally crave interaction with other humans. It's the reason why those who are put away into isolation chamber experiments or when prisoners are sent to solitary confinement will often come back with impaired vision/motor skills or even a form of mental illness. We simply crave interaction with one another and when we aren't getting enough of it, we begin to feel sluggish, tired, or even completely depressed. All of which is too often thought to be fixed with the simple prescription of a drug.

The fact of the matter is in today's society, we are constantly being encouraged into wanting what we don't currently have and into using new technologies that require less and less human interaction. Phone technology is now handed to children before they can even speak, we make connections on social media before we are even friends with one another in person, grocery store clerks are now being automated, factory workers are replaced with robots and now even HR automation is being developed all of which streamlines the process and in turn makes our lives “efficient” however in the meantime is quite literally doing the opposite and is cutting out all contact with other human beings. It's no wonder why people aren't happy with their lives anymore! We are taking away one the most basic necessities that we crave as a sophisticated animal species and expecting that we can work harder, work longer and do it day after day.

According to Forbes Magazine happiness proves DRASTIC improvements even in the workplace alone. “One study found that happy employees are up to 20% more productive than unhappy employees. When it comes to salespeople, happiness has an even greater impact, raising sales by 37%. But the benefits don't end there. Happy employees are also good news for organizations: The stock prices of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for" rose 14% per year from 1998 to 2005, while companies not on the list only reported a 6% increase.“ Its quite apparent the we as humans really just crave overall happiness and in order to achieve this we require positive human interactions, continuous growth/development and we have to be adding something good to the world. As long as we obtain happiness we are proven to work harder, make more money and just enjoy life that much more overall. At Workbond we fully believe in being happy with your life as well as being happy in the workplace, and in a world where we essentially work ourselves crazy and sit in front of a computer screen all day; we are encouraging colleagues and co-workers to create new friendships with one another by bonding through the activities that each and every one of you already enjoy doing. And if we can even just make one single person happier by doing so, well… that makes me happy.

Ryan Cohn