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Dilbert's Happiness Formula

Scott Adams, creator of the wildly entertaining (and my personal favorite) comic “Dilbert,” gives his take on the formula for happiness. Some of the article is written in jest, however it is still a very interesting read.

I fantasize about writing a book called The Happiness Formula. The idea would be to create a simple formula for troubleshooting your life and improving your happiness. On page one would be this top formula.

Happiness = health + money + social life + meaning

The rest of the book would be nested formulas that further explain each component of happiness. For example…

Health = sleep + diet + exercise

And then down another level…

Sleep = schedule + technique

And down another level until it starts getting practical…

Sleep Technique = consistent bedtime and waking time + no reading or TV in bed + no booze or caffeine…

And so on.

To make the Happiness Formulas extra useful, the highest priorities would appear first (leftmost) in the formula. For example, in the top Happiness Formula (Happiness = health + money + social life + meaning), health is a higher priority than money, which is a higher priority than social life, etc.

What would be your personal formula for happiness? Please share it with us in the comments. Want more information about happiness in the workplace? Go here and here.

Happiness Formula – [Dilbert Blog]

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