A recent study has found that Twitter provides a window into our moods.
Using the choice of words in our tweets, Cornell University researchers have discovered that we are most positive or what they describe as “happiest” after a full night’s sleep. They speculate that it’s the rejuvenating power of rest which enables us to feel our inner bliss.
But wait, the study also found that we are also very happy on weekends. Now, most of us do sleep a bit on those two days off, but certainly there’s a lot more going on. So, rejuvenation, by itself at least, seems not to be the source of our contentment.
Well, what the study actually found was that our happiness peaks early in the morning and then begins a long, steady decline as we labor through the day. In other words, sleep doesn’t cause our happiness. Happiness is our natural state; it is the way we wake up. And, it’s our work that steals it away from us.
Does that mean we’re fated to be unhappy? Of course not.
The whole premise of Career Activism is that the conventional notion of the work/life balance is backwards. Historically, the phrase has been interpreted to mean that we deserve enough life to balance out the time we spend at work. That view only makes sense, however, if work is, by its very nature, unpleasant, demeaning and demoralizing.
That’s hardly a pleasant prospect given that we spend one-third or more of our life on-the-job. So, Career Activists take exactly the opposite view of the work/life balance. We think we deserve a work experience that is every bit as good as the rest of our lives. Because when it is, we not only go off to our jobs feeling happy, we come home from them that way.
Note: To read more about Career Fitness and Career Activism, get my books, Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System and The Career Activist Republic. Both are available at Amazon.com, in many bookstores and on Weddles.com.