This series brings to you the most thought-provoking excerpts from my chat sessions with visionary personalities, as recorded for the Slingshot Living radio show. The conversations reveal valuable wisdom, playful anecdotes and useful advice on how to continuously overstep perceived boundaries for success in your business and your personal life.
Q: Equally as important as delivering happiness is receiving happiness. And a point I make in my book Slingshot: Re-Imagine Your Business, Re-Imagine Your Life is that people’s ability to stay happy or satisfied is, in a way, fleeting. In other words people need to be continually infatuated or replenished otherwise they start to feel entitled and not happy per se. How do you continuously replenish this sense of happiness in your organization, or how do you enable this to be done with customers?
A: That actually makes perfect sense especially in regard to the first aspect of my [Delivering Happiness] framework—which is perceived progress. Progress is never over and to feel like you are continuing to progress there needs to be ongoing change or evolution. And then going back to pleasure, passion and purpose what the research has shown is that when you go after just the pleasure—which is actually one of the three shortest lasting type of happiness—what they [researchers] found is that it’s great if you can sustain it, but it’s very hard to sustain on an ongoing basis. And as soon as the stimuli that is giving you that high is taken away your happiness levels drop back down to where they were before. The second aspect which I call passion—also referred to as F-L-O-W—is about those moments in time when you are so engaged in an activity that time just flies—three hours pass and it feels like it’s only been twenty minutes. For some people that might be when they or running, or for others when they are painting. And the strategy is to notice when it happens—because it happens to all of us—and then think about how you can change your environment, your friends, who you hang out with, where you work, where you live—to have those moments of FLOW occur more frequently. The research has shown that this [FLOW] is actually the second longest lasting type of happiness.
I invite you to listen to the entire chat with Tony, and my co-host, Jesse Dylan here.