Your phone is blowing up from calls, emails, and texts. Your growing to-do list on your desk is equally vying for your attention. You don’t know where to focus and can’t seem to get a single task done without interruptions. If this sounds like a typical day at the office, you’re not alone. Studies show long-term stress and employee burnout have been on the rise in recent years, and the “elephant in offices all around the world is that people are running on empty,” reports a recent article in the the New York Times.
The problem, according to Emma Seppälä, Ph.D., the science director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), isn’t just that we’re being asked to do more. Our own misconceptions about what success is and how we should go about achieving it might be even more at fault.
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“Everyone is working on overdrive, because they think this is the only way to be successful,” says Seppälä, who wrote the new book The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success, which hits bookstores on January 26. The book explores the growing field of research linking happiness and well-being with productivity and influence. Executive summary: You can get a lot more done, and enjoy doing it much more, if you take a little better care of yourself as…