The Value Of Happiness In Maintaining A Healthy Work-Life Balance
Needing some well-deserved time to rest and have fun between my busy work schedule as a Real Estate Agent with Hawai’i Life, I ventured to Utah for a week of snowboarding and to visit my daughter, Sabrina, at the end of January.
Generally, I am quite the adventurist, and recently, I took a week to go snowboarding in Utah, which not only gave me an opportunity to have fun but gave me the levity to come back feeling balanced, fresh, and all charged up.
It also gave me a chance to look back and reflect on my own personal values and what is really important to maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
When asked the question, “if you had one wish, what would you wish for?” — “happiness” is my favorite one-word answer.
If you have happiness, you have all of the other items that many folks choose as their wish — money, fame, fun, world travels, love, and friendships, etc.
“All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy.” This old adage speaks to me.
Another important balancing act is between work and family. After the week of snowboarding, I stopped in Los Angeles to visit my daughter, Sabrina.
She’s just graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and before the summer was over, she landed an awesome position at Riot Games in the Narrative Editing department in the Comics division for their production of the video game League of Legends.
She took me to her place of work to have lunch, meet her colleagues, and tour their amazing 22-acre, Santa Monica “campus.” We also re-visited Hama Sushi in Venice Beach for our newly established ritual dining experience, shopped on Melrose, visited Amoeba Records and Cinerama.
What a terrific experience with a terrific person – I love Sabrina beyond measure – I am the consummate “Proud Papa.”
While I personally find that happiness, family, and play are important values, it seems they’re also important for anyone seeking to maintain a healthy work-life balance and to have more success in their own businesses also.
A study conducted by the Social Market Foundation and the Center for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy says it has concrete evidence that happier employees are more productive in the workplace, finding that when people were happy, productivity increased by an average of 12%, and reached as high as 20%!
While I enjoyed my family time and snowboarding to ensure my own happiness and healthy work-life balance, I still maintained contact with my clients and was able to share duties with my team-mates and keep everything flowing.
Meanwhile, I also had so much fun! It made me realize how grateful I am that my colleagues are able to support me and care for my business. Also, I learned that my clients applaud my happy attitude and fun time!
So, thank you all for your well wishes and your good business. Let me know how I can support you in your own dreams, goals, and happiness — as this is what is most important in life and in work — and let’s do something great and fun together!