What the Happiest People Do at Work
Of course, they're doing something they find meaningful. But what else makes them so darn positive?
They never think about their Wheaties.
"You'll see I wear only gray or blue suits
," President Obama told Vanity Fair
writer Michael Lewis. "I don't want to make decisions about what I'm eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make." Multiple studies confirm: To preserve stamina, judgment, emotional self-control—and, by extension, happiness— reduce the number of choices you need to make every day
, because even little ones sap your strength. (Psychologist Roy Baumeister, a leading researcher in this area, compared the willpower required in decision-making to a muscle that weakens with use
.) So, experiment. No more dithering about where to meet, what to wear or eat or any other non-vital choice—especially when the pressure's on. (Develop habits or decide the night before.) Then see if you don't have a little more energy and willpower to keep that aerobics-instructor smile on your face.
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