Not my words, but those of Juana Bordas (Salsa, Soul and Spirit). She gave an interview in my favourite Ode. According to her, politicians and business people need to spice up their management styles (he, maybe somebody who understands Sarkozy?) She argues for diversity, sharing, and in general a focus on "we" and not on "I". I don't know whether she also suggests that the leaders need the fire of salsa dance (or flamenco dance, to stay within my own interest). You know that seminars are organised, using for instance argentina tango as a metaphor for leadership?
In the same Ode, an interview of French psychiatrist Christophe Andre about happiness. By the way, meaning and happiness are not the same thing. So where Andre gives the recipe for a happy life, it is not yet a recipe for a meaningful life. But a meaningful life might well lead to happiness. Choose where to start. If you want some help, you might want to have to look at Erna's blog.
His six lessons for a happier life:
1. Accept that there will be unpleasant things in life. All the time, every day, you'll face hindrances: You'll be too late or make a mistake or say something stupid. It's the rent you pay to live in the house of life. It's part of life. There's no point in being disappointed when things don't go your way.
2. Open your eyes and look around. There are more opportunities for happiness than you think, certainly for a Westerner in 2008. Embrace the moments. Try to remember them. Enjoy them.
3. Take time out. The ability to pause, mentally as well as in your actions, is important. Taking breaks is a prerequisite for experiencing happiness.
4. Pay attention to your family and friends. Social ties are important for happiness. Don't let a day go by without thinking of, or seeing, someone you love.
5. Try to get in touch with nature every day. Take a walk in the park and spend a few minutes looking at nature.
6. Express your gratitude and respect for the good things you experience. Being thankful makes you happy and increases the chance of social connection.
And if not yet interested, happiness does contribute to the bottom line.