It sometimes feels as if the “happiness industry”–the self-help books, motivational speakers, corporate consultants and the rest–makes its money by being useless.
It’s an ingenious business model, when you think about it: promise to help people think positive, then when your techniques fail, conclude that they weren’t thinking positively enough–sending them back for more. Among the many myths and misconceptions dogging the subject of happiness, here are five of the worst, along with some suggestions for what to do instead.
- It’s Crucial To Maintain A Positive Mindset
- Ambitious Goals, Relentlessly Pursued, Are The Key To Success
- The Best Managers Are Those Who Make Work Fun
- Higher Self-esteem Equals Greater Happiness
- Avoid Pessimists At All Costs