Posted by on May 17, 2018 | 2 comments

Is There a Place for Happiness at Work?

If you had asked me when I was a medical student whether there was a place for happiness at work, I would have laughed in your face! Back then I subscribed to the notion that happiness is a reward gained only through years of blood, sweat and tears. This notion is not uncommon, especially in the medical profession. There is a prevailing culture of overwork, success-chasing, and little regard for self-care. You earn your stripes by enduring the onslaught of medical practice. I remember one doctor even saying to me: “If you’re not depressed, you’re not doing it right.” It’s not hard to see that this perspective is not only short-sighted, but also plainly harmful. My own story of burnout sensitized me to the struggles that many healthcare professionals face, and the prevalence of burnout in the profession. I now know otherwise: happiness is the foundation for sustainable success. You might be thinking: “Are you kidding me? Are you saying I just need to feel good and I’ll be...

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