People whose jobs allowed them to use their signature strengths — those qualities they were uniquely best at, the talents that set them apart from others — were consistently happier:
So how can you put this to use? Via UPenn happiness expert Martin Seligman’s book, Authentic Happiness:
- Identify your signature strengths.
- Choose work that lets you use them every day.
- Recraft your present work to use your signature strengths more.
- If you are the employer, choose employees whose signature strengths mesh with the work they will do. If you are a manager, make room to allow employees to recraft the work within the bounds of your goals.
You can also use it in your personal life. Doing this can increase happiness for months:
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This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.