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Tom Rath

The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life

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Are You Fully Charged? by Tom Rath is a practical guide to improving our daily wellbeing. Focusing on meaning, interaction, and energy, Rath challenges us to rethink how we approach our lives and make positive changes.

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    Stop pursuing happiness, start pursing meaning.   

    We all want to be happy. In fact, we want it so badly that we’re willing to chase happiness for our whole lives. But few of us realize that the pursuit of happiness is in fact our greatest obstacle to it. The truth is that happiness isn’t something you can achieve by seeking it; rather, happiness is a by-product of living a meaningful life.

    So where can we find meaning? Though we’ve been taught to find fulfillment and satisfaction in our careers and wages, these don’t have the power to make you happy. US-wide surveys showed that even a sudden doubling of income produced only a nine percent increase in life satisfaction.

    Money and success are external motivations, and are not sustainable sources of meaning or happiness in the long run. Internal motivations, on the other hand, give us a powerful way to experience meaning in every action we do.

    Think about it: most jobs were created because they help other people, create progress, improve efficiency or produce something people need. You don’t need to be the head of an international NGO to change lives – you can find meaning and internal motivation in any situation. If you work in a call center and use your warmth and understanding to help a stranger out in even the smallest way, you’ll give both them and yourself a positive charge.

    You’ll also double the charge if you can combine your strengths and interests with what others around you need. Remember: meaning does not happen to you, you create it.

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    What is Are You Fully Charged? about?

    Are You Fully Charged (2015) is your guide to eliminating your off days, one positive interaction at a time. From socializing more to sitting down less, these blinks reveal easy-to-implement tips and tricks for generating the mental and physical energy you need, all by finding greater meaning in your life.

    Who should read Are You Fully Charged??

    • Anyone who thinks they’re too busy to start improving their well-being
    • Burned-out employees who feel overwhelmed and unmotivated
    • Life hackers interested in ways to better organize their life

    About the Author

    Tom Rath is a researcher who focuses on the connection between human behavior and health, well-being and business. He is the author of six New York Times and Wall Street Journal best sellers including How Full Is Your Bucket? and StrengthsFinder 2.0.

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