News - The happiness curriculum
by Life Positive
In one more stunning indication that the country is shifting in its axis and moving towards a more positive culture is the news from one of the leading newspapers of India that corporates are now pursuing happiness. The latest expert to walk the corporate corridor is the Happiness Coach who helps his clients to look for a deeper motivation to pushing the pen or, to be more apt, moving the mouse. “If you don’t derive a sense of meaning and purpose from what you do, you are wasting your life,” says Srikumar Rao, author of Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated and Successful, No Matter What. Companies are keenly listening to his argument which combines age-old wisdom from ancient spiritual texts with psychological research and modern-day management principles.
The coaches are, by and large, spiritual teachers from Vedanta and Buddhism as well as from various spiritual organisations.
Success with a smile Pune-based happiness coach Nithya Shanti studied business management at XLRI, Jamshedpur, but abandoned a corporate career for a six-year rigorous, monastic training in Southeast Asia. Nithya now holds ‘Joyshops’ for both corporates and the general public where he helps them to access the secrets of happiness. Others include Jaya Row, founder of Vedanta Vision and Swami Sukhabodhananda of Prasanna Trust.
If this trend continues can we look forward to the time when the cutthroat competition of the corporate world will be replaced by smiling co-operation? Will Monday actually be the most looked-forward-to day? Will this section of society actually have our interests at heart instead of wanting to rip us off? Will they finally reduce their salaries to acceptable proportions and pass on the rest to the harried consumer? If this keeps up the rat race may transform into a sedate saints march! Certainly a consummation devoutly to be hoped for.
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