Have you ever noticed how you can want and want something, and yet, when you get it, it doesn’t make you as happy as you thought it would? A couple of weeks ago we had a chance to meet Dr. John Helliwell, who is studying well-being, in essence, human happiness. Dr. Helliwell’s research has been showing that our sense of this is right—acquiring things doesn’t make us happier. While The work he’s been doing, supported by CIFAR, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (www.cifar.ca), seems to be uncovering the essence of what does make us feel better—connecting with others for the purpose of doing something good for someone else.
Our opportunity to listen to Dr. Helliwell, it turns out, was just the beginning of a chain, as well. We started thinking more and more about our connections, and our relationships. We’ve been looking at how to increase our interaction with people around us. Also, we’ve been considering new ways of reaching out to others whose need is greater than our own. Somehow, through all of this, circumstances keep bringing us back to connections, to networks, and to teams. Earlier this week, we attended a meeting of the PMCQ (The Pharmaceutical Marketing Club of Quebec). The guest speaker was Dr. Marc Garneau, Canada’s first astronaut. Garneau’s talk pointed out that, in building effective teams, capabilities are important, but less so than the team members’ ability to adapt, to trust, and to be trusted by one another. Once again, it’s the relationship that is the key to success. Who says nice guys finish last?
Now that spring finally seems to be arriving, we can’t use the weather as an excuse to hunker down indoors any more. It’s a perfect time to get out there, and build some new relationships. We encourage you to get in touch with your network, and spend some time cultivating the ties that bind. Shore up the connections that have weakened from lack of use. Add some reinforcements. Then look for a way to use your power for good!
Wishing you a happier day,
Megann & Steve