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From the authors who brought you the million-copy bestseller The Art of Happiness comes an exploration of job, career, and finding the ultimate happiness at work.It spent nearly two years on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold well over a million copies in hardcover. It remains, five years later, in its original hardcover edition. It was the book by the Dalai LFrom the authors who brought you the million-copy bestseller The Art of Happiness comes an exploration of job, career, and finding the ultimate happiness at work.It spent nearly two years on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold well over a million copies in hardcover. It remains, five years later, in its original hardcover edition. It was the book by the Dalai Lama that broke new ground, that made him accessible to a larger audience, spreading his words of daily wisdom and message of inner peace that captured the imagination of America. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for the first time since that revolutionary book, has once again teamed up with psychiatrist Howard Cutler to resume the discussion about what makes life meaningful begun in The Art of Happiness.Over the past several years, Howard Cutler has continued his conversations with the Dalai Lama, asking him the questions we all want answered about how to find happiness in the place we spend most of our time. Work-whether it's in the home or at an office-is what mostly runs our lives. We depend on it to eat, to clothe and shelter ourselves, and to take care of our families. Once again, Dr. Cutler brings forward seminal studies and asks the Dalai Lama to respond. Beginning with a direct correlation between productivity and happiness, Dr. Cutler questions His Holiness about the nature of work. In psychiatry and according to the Dalai Lama, our motivation for working determines our level of satisfaction. The book explores these three levels of focus:Survival: focus on salary, stability, food and clothingCareer: focus on advancementCalling: focus on work as a higher purposeCutler probes the Dalai Lama's wisdom by posing these questions: How does the relationship between our personal values and those of our employers affect happiness? What is the relationship between self-awareness and work? What are the main sources of dissatisfaction and how can we cope with them? How do we deal with conflicts with coworkers and bosses? How do we deal with jealousy, anger, or hostility at work? How does the lack of freedom affect our levels of happiness? How do we deal with boredom or lack of challenge? Unfair criticism? Overly demanding or taxing situations? Job change and unemployment?Once again, Cutler walks us through the Dalai Lama's reasoning so that we know how to apply the wisdom to daily life. This practical application of Buddhist ideas is an invaluable source of strength and peace for anyone who earns a living. The Dalai Lama's most recent book, The Wisdom of Compassion, is now available from Riverhead Books....

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The Art of Happiness at Work Reviews

  • Patricia
    2019-05-21 22:38

    I finished this a few hours ago and wrote down my first thoughts. I was reluctant to criticise Cutler because I felt any criticism would be too close to projection. But I reflected on that and realised that however true that may be, I think it's important to mention why this title isn't on the list of books I'd recommend to people interested in the thoughts of the Dalai Lama, or in finding a way to be happy at work with his help.Before I start this, I want to say that I'm sure this book can be helpful to people. It is a reminder of sorts. It had several good moments, and I think had Cutler gone at it in a different way, I might have enjoyed it a lot. There are enough positive reviews that might convince you why this is a good book, and you can go ahead and read them. My "review" is about the things that didn't work out. About why I think you might profit from another title more. I still gave it a relatively high rating, because at the end of the day, it wasn't a //bad// book. Just not as good as I hoped it would be, which.. mistake on my part. Expectations. ;)--------------------------------------------------First off, I've tagged this with psychology and spirituality because the actual author of the book studied art, medicine and psychology. This isn't written by the Dalai Lama, it is more of a retelling: Cutler "interviewed" the Dalai Lama and pretty much wrote down their conversations, then added his thoughts or unspecified Western studies that supported those. It often goes "I said to the Dalai Lama, 'So bro what you thinking 'bout work?' to which he replied, 'Yeah, man, depends on who you are, amiright?' I nodded. A patient of mine once had problems that could've been dealt with in that way. A recent study that I'll just mention as lightly as possible supports this." While that wouldn't necessarily be a problem I have read books written by the Dalai Lama in the past and felt them to be more genuine, interesting and thoughtful. They lacked the auto-biography-ish feel that were Cutler's remarks. It is in comparison and from the perspective of someone who might be more involved than the "casual reader" (who seems to be the demographic that Cutler had in target) that this book really seemed a bit of a waste of time. The Dalai Lama's thoughts were helpful, but when you're asked the "wrong" questions, you can't reply to the underlying question. When I say wrong questions, I mean that there is a huge gap between the Western world and that of the Dalai Lama, and Cutler didn't do a good job "translating": Truth be told, I read it to get through the backlist of titles I own, knowing it wouldn't get me much further. The theories of this title are nothing new to me, and seeing as it's mostly Common Sense, not to anyone else either. (though being reminded of them and their importance isn't a bad thing in itself, if it's done properly) Still, too much time is spent with Cutler first explaining concepts to the reader, then sharing the conversation in which he would explain the same concept to the Dalai Lama. This redundancy could have been avoided had Cutler thought about mentioned "gap". Next to the Dalai Lama, Cutler is a student, but this role felt forced and his trying to explain Western concepts to the Dalai Lama was awkward at best. I got the impression that he wasn't as involved as he could, and should, have been. Had he thought about the differences between our cultures, which he brings up time and time again with no consequences to how he went at this title, he could have asked different questions. Instead of asking how a banker would find happiness in his job despite the moral ambiguity, a discussion about the concept itself from the beginning on -something the Dalai Lama initiated later- could have saved all of us a lot of time. (Then again, editing could have, too.)Too little time is spent talking about our conception of self and the importance of work. Instead, he spents page after page obsessing over flow and talking about how he went from being an artist to studying medicine. And, well, trying to find common ground with the Dalai Lama. I feel that many things were very deliberate choices on his part: Cutler overshared to connect to the readers and make them more 'open' to the ideas the Dalai Lama and he discussed. He kept the content light so less involved/casual readers wouldn't feel overwhelmed. He kept bringing up Western theories, studies, numbers, and "respectable" names, emphasising that the spiritual ideas the Dalai Lama shared often are supported by Western professors. Of course that stood in contrast to the content of the book for me. As if the importance of a concept lies within the Ph.D. of the person who brings it up, not its sensibility. The irony of such a Western point of view might have been as deliberate as his attempts at.. I suppose it was humor.As I've said before, there are many personal reasons why this title wasn't as satisfying for me as it could have been. - I'm interested in the spiritual ideas of the Dalai Lama and Cutler tried too hard to make this book as clichée-American-friendly as possible. (I think anyone who read and enjoyed this title would have enjoyed it even more had there been a more in-depth discussion) - I have read books by the Dalai Lama, and expected something close to them.- I don't like the practice of putting yourself into the role of 'something' to make people identify with you or feel more open to the things you want to bring across. And if that was not a deliberate choice, it still felt awkward and unconstructive in combination with how unprepared/unprofessional he seemed to be at times. You can be either or. Be the student and simply share what is told, or be an almost equal, and prove that you are more than just someone who listens. Preferably with more than an, "Someone once.." or "A recent study.." I'm not sure how to articulate this, but it really felt wrong and unauthentic to me. Additionally, - I don't "work", and while I can translate specific examples to more general theories, it would have been a lot easier the other way around. I don't think any reader who found this helpful wouldn't have understood a more complex discussion, a more in-depth attempt at finding solutions. The Dalai Lama obviously attempted to give that, he mentioned time and time again that people are individuals, he gave very good answers, but as mentioned before.. the questions should have been different. - The theories, on a basic human level, felt too casual to me. I was 40 pages in when I realised this was the actual content, rather than the prologue. It really just went on from there. - The German translation felt forced to me as well. I know it's Non Fiction. Many people keep telling me it's about ideas, not about letterspacing, and yeah, they're right, but the right wording's important, too. Communication is important and when the translation feels awkward, you can't help but be too distracted yelling at the publisher. It is entirely possible that the English source material wasn't that much better.. TLDR;If someone asked me which title to start with, I would probably suggest another one..Also, sometimes it feels like a loveletter to the Dalai Lama. I mean, I really feel you, Cutler. Just a thought.

  • Laura Lynch
    2019-05-22 05:48

    This book was inspiring, so much so that I read it twice. The comments of the Dalai Lama on happiness at work are relevant and based on common sense and spirituality. One idea is that you have freedom to choose how you approach your career and your co-workers, although other aspects may be beyond your control.. Attitude and balance are also key along with finding your purpose at work. It can be as simple as smiling at people and offering encouragement. Lastly, look at problems both job and life related as opportunities to be pro-active in a positive way.

  • Laurie
    2019-05-04 04:28

    This helped me to deal with a situation at work of being bullied by a co-worker. I also shared some of the principals with middle and high school students I work with, specifically the concept of working for the money vs. career aspirations/fame vs. a calling; that one must follow a calling to be truly happy and can combined with the other factors but not excluded.

  • Jill
    2019-05-10 04:38

    Quotes to remember:“He reminds us that if we can change some of the external conditions at the workplace that contribute to our dissatisfaction, we certainly should. If not, although it is not always easy or quick, it is still possible to be happy at work through reshaping our attitudes and outlook, through inner training.”Look at a tense situation as a way to improve yourself. Stay calm and react with dignity. “Our attitudes about money are more important than the amount we make. As always, in our pursuit of happiness, our inner resources assume a greater role than our material resources, unless of course we exist in abject poverty and are suffering from hunger or starvation.” – Choose the career you love, not where you will make the most money.“One should not just concentrate on job or money. That’s important.”“The principle of adaptation suggests that no matter what kind of success or good fortune we experience, or, alternatively, no matter what adversity or tragedy we encounter, sooner or later we tend to adapt to the new conditions and eventually migrate back to our customary levels of day-to-day and moment-to-moment happiness.” This is to not lose initiative. Need a balanced life.Help others. Job vs. Career vs. Calling.“whether we are obstructed from achieving our goals by overestimating or underestimating our abilities and skills, there is little doubt that the greater our self-understanding and self-awareness, the more our self-concept corresponds with reality, the happier we will be at work or at home.”“So if you’re looking for work and have a choice of a job, choose a job that allows the opportunity for some creativity, and for spending time with your family. Even if it means less pay, personally I think it is better to choose work that is less demanding, that gives you greater freedom, more time to e with your family, or to do other activities, read, engage in cultural activities, or just play. I think that’s best.”“It would seem reasonable that basing one’s identity on the essence rather than the external form would decrease the likelihood that one would be devastated by the loss of any particular role or job – after all, the essence is portable and can be transferred to any activity, any given relationship, hobby, or job.”“If you can, serve others. If not, at least refrain from harming them.”Now, if we sell software and may have had an unproductive day in terms of not having had a single sales, we can still have a sense of accomplishment if we have had some positive interactions with our customers or co-workers, if we’ve made their day just a little bit better. Our day is now transformed into a productive day that we can take pride in. Being of some benefit to others, may provide us with many new sources of satisfaction that can sustain our sense of price and accomplishment even during the inevitable slow periods of our career.“Even a simple smile can have some impact on my overall state of mind. So, everything is interconnected, interdependent. When you appreciate the interconnected nature of all aspects of your life, then you will understand how various factors – such as your values, your attitudes, your emotional state – can all contribute to your sense of fulfillment at work, and to your satisfaction and happiness in life.”Meditate – focus on breathing for 5-10 minutes. Acquire the ability to cultivate a settled mental state that you can then successfully direct to any chosen topic. In this way, you will be able to overcome many of the problems that arise simply as a results of an unfocused, undisciplined mental state.

  • Sophie
    2019-05-07 02:56

    So, I wanted to read a book by the Dalai Lama. I don't even know why I picked it; there are quite a few at our store and I think I just liked the introduction. In any case, this was the first book by the Dalai Lama I read (or maybe I should say "read and finished", because I remember borrowing some of books from our local library when I was still at school, but I never was able to finish them because I found them rather difficult to read). Technically (and factually) saying that this book is "by the Dalai Lama" is wrong, because it was written by Ηoward C. Cutler. It's the record of a series of conversations between the Dalai Lama and Cutler, with some added elaborations to give some more context. The overall topic is "The Art of Happiness At Work", and the book deals with things like the importance money and the relationships with our co-workers in regard to our happiness at, well, work, as well as how to deal with not feeling challenged enough/feeling too challenged at work and how to cope with unemployment.At the end of the day, most of the things in this book pretty much boil down to common sense, mixed with Buddhist teachings. Still, just because something is common sense doesn't mean it doesn't bear repeating, and I have to say that since I started reading the book I have tried to apply some of the strategies mentioned in it to my job and my life, and while some habits are really hard to change, I think I can say reading this has helped me already. The focus is very much on the Western way of work, and it's interesting to get an "outsider's perspective" on it, as it is. Sometimes, the Dalai Lama's answers seem rather inconclusive, but obviously there are situations where it's hard to find an answer that applies to everyone, everywhere, and I actually liked that he is very much aware of that. I don't know whether it's the fault of the translation or of the format, but sometimes it read a little awkward (at times it *definitely* was the translation). It was nice to get some scientific background on the topics, but to be honest, I find the science of happiness a bit odd as it is. Since the book is written from Cutler's perspective, we also get a few of his thoughts and feelings regarding the Dalai Lama, as well as his descriptions of his behaviour and mode of talking. The latter were very interesting and engrossing. The former - like the authors of "Buddhism for Dummies", the sense of awe Cutler feels is very much apparent, but since it doesn't read like blind worship, it's endearing rather than off-putting. It's just - nice. You feel like he is very much in awe and feels incredibly lucky to have the chance to talk with this man, and - well, it's nice. And at times it's also funny and cute and you know, after all the depressing books I've read lately this was one that was uplifting and inspiring.I really enjoyed this, and it won't be the last of this kind of book that I'll read.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-03 04:42

    This seemed like the perfect book to pick up and read. I have deep respect for The Dalai Lama and I really needed some advice on how to be happier at work.I used to really love my job. It was exciting, for the most part, and every day usually held something new and challenging in store. Nowadays, it's not like that. There's a distinct vibe of us vs. them in most cases, IT vs. Accountants. Some of the financial folk chose to think that anyone can program so they'll just take care of what they want and ignore us programmers. The work isn't nearly challenging enough either, although the people are.Cutler interviews The Dalai Lama about various aspects of work in regards to happiness. For example, they chat about making money, the human factor of work, whether your job is just a job, a career or a calling, how to overcome boredom, how to have a right livelihood, etc. I appreciated his insight on all of the above. Unfortunately, while I think it's all good advice, it will be difficult to put into practice.In one chapter, and throughout others, the importance of being self-aware is emphasized. I think a lot of people have that problem, to be able to look at themselves and their abilities undistorted and with a critical eye. All in all, the way to achieve happiness, at work or otherwise, is to begin inwards, by readjusting your attitude to all things and remembering that it's just work and that doing good and helping others is more important.

  • Bayartsetseg Bela
    2019-05-18 05:36

    Хүн өөрийн дуртай зүйлээ хийж, тэрнээсээ аз жаргал авч амьдрах нь хамгийн сайхан, хүний хүсч тэмүүлэх ёстой зүйл юм гэдгийг энэ номонд өгүүлсэн. Далай ламтай хийсэн ярилцлагаар энгийн хэрнээ, харилцан ярианы хэлбэрээр бичсэн бөгөөд ойлгоход хэцүү, хүнд хэллэг огт байхгүй. Хүн ямар ч ажил хийгээд мөнгөтэй, нэр хүндтэй болж болно. Гагцхүү тэр хийж байгаа зүйл нь өөрийнхөө бүх сэтгэл зүрхээ зориулан дурласан ажил мөн үү үгүй юу гэдгээс их зүйл хамаарна. Миний бодож явдаг, бусадтай зөрчилддөг байсан сэдвээр бичсэн энэ номыг уншаад өөртөө улам илүү итгэлтэй болсон. Уншсаныхаа дараа өөр бусад хүмүүсийн үзэл бодлын нөлөөгүйгээр, өөрийн хүссэн ажилдаа орсондоо маш их баяртай байгаа.

  • ErinCisewski
    2019-04-27 00:52

    This book leaned heavily toward the experiences of upper class western industrial workers. Many examples seemed to be from corporate ladder climbers. The brief mention of working class women (who work in a supermarket) critiqued their attitude toward the customer/author whom they were serving. It criticized one worker's attitude and demeanor and how it affected the author/customer negatively, without giving space for a larger social analysis of the situation. I want to read the book written by this working class woman who sits down with the Dalai Lama to discuss the art of happiness at work.

  • Destiny
    2019-05-15 00:31

    I really enjoyed reading the Dalai Lama's perspective. However, I feel that he just has no concept of what it is like to live and work in the Western world. He never has, of course, so it is hard for me to find what he says helpful in any practical sort of way.

  • Tara Lynn
    2019-05-21 00:43

    I found the suggestions about Happiness at Work in this book to cover a broad range of jobs and people in a helpful and meaningful way.

  • Carrie Kellenberger
    2019-05-13 22:33

    How do we stay happy at work? In our fast-paced world when work seeps into every aspect of our lives, we are seeing more and more people that are unhappy with work or that have little satisfaction in their jobs. If we aren't happy or satisfied with what we spend more than half our lives doing, what does this say about us as individuals? From learning to get along with the people we work with and going through periods of dissatisfaction and disappointment with work to dealing with what motivates us at work (financial aspects, social status, or work as a calling), the Dalai Lama XIV challenges us to answer this question: Where does work fit into our overall quest for happiness? If the purpose of life is happiness and happiness is determined by our state of mind, rather than external events, then the key to happiness is in our hands. We are all capable of finding happiness with work once we know what is in our hearts and what brings us the most satisfaction.We have the freedom to choose how we look at our careers and how we deal with co-workers. Balance and attitude are instrumental in finding a purpose in our career, and how to balance our work life within the context of our entire life. Rather than looking for something that suits us, we should look for situations that come from who we are and what is most important to us as individuals. Best Takeaway Quotes:"We should take special care to pay attention to the human relationships at work, how we interact with one another, and try to maintain basic human values, even at work.... Be a good person, a kind person. Relate to others with warmth, human affection, with honesty and sincerity. Compassion." "The general view of productive activity has to do with somehow making an impact on one's environment, producing something, or accomplishing something in the world. It seems to be more outer directed, accomplishing things that can be measured or quantified.""Although it is not always easy, nor even always possible, we must to do our best to assure that our work brings some benefit to others. For the Dalai Lama, that is the surest way to force an unbreakable bond between our work and the deep and lasting happiness that we all seek."

  • Richard
    2019-05-05 04:52

    Frankly, I was sort of disappointed with the contents of this book. Although the Dalai Lama does rationalize how Buddhist tenets can help deal with frustration at work, the author's rhetoric is basically built upon him asking questions that I considered to be simple logic rather than spiritual direction. By delivering to the holy man a list of pre-determined questions and agreeing on the constrictions and assumptions in the examples, the Dalai Lama gives his insight into how he would feel or act in the same situation. Hardly an answer for anyone who is looking to deal with extreme work-related anxiety. The book offers an easy read, and at best would probably serve to reinforce what any decent, logical and experienced professional should already know. In summation, this is pretty much the whole book. "I hate my job, how can I overcome this feeling?" The response, "Just don't think about it too much, and see all the good your salary is doing to help your family. If this still doesn't help then get another job".

  • Mia
    2019-05-18 04:35

    While appreciating the thoughts of the Dalai Lama and finding some helpful input regarding job satisfaction, I was still left wondering the steps to find a better feeling regarding one's work. The states of mind naturally are important. Attitude we know is critical to success and happiness; however in what way can a person find the 'calling' or the work that would fit us in such a satisfactory way that happiness at work is possible. Identifying sources of dissatisfaction in work was covered in this book. That can be helpful to know what to avoid. I found no practical advise here but it was a decent philosophical inspection of attitudes towards work.

  • Mariam
    2019-04-29 04:38

    To say this book is written by the Dalai Lama is an exaggeration. The author interviews and I’m sure paraphrased him. But paraphrasing causes change in meaning and also sounds unnatural. It felt meaningless to me. I put the book away when he describe how he realized as an art student that art helped no one. So he became a doctor. As a side note he said he now respects and appreciates the arts. Well. If he doesn’t understand how essential the arts are to the existence of humanity then he didn’t get anything at all from the Dalai Lama and I had to stop reading right there.

  • Claire Holland
    2019-04-26 00:27

    Refreshingly practical genius This book deals with the real and infinitely complex issues of our work lives, relationships and situations. The Dalai Lama doesn't pretend to have all the answers or experience of every situation. This is very refreshing and lends a greater value to his advice. Which, in his unique style, begins with developing a greater clearer understanding of ourselves and our individual skills. This in turn helps us to better relate to our environment and the individuals around us. Highly recommended

  • Marla
    2019-05-15 02:49

    This book was picked as a book discussion book so I hadn't read anything about it. It wasn't what I expected. I thought "...Happiness at Work" as in the verb "to work", when it is really about "work", the noun, as in place of employment. That being said, a little discourse on Right Livelihood couldn't have come at a better time for me. Sometimes life speaks to you. Well done, as the Dalai Lama always is.

  • Miss Downtown NYC
    2019-05-23 06:47

    I read this book when I worked at Marsh. Alex loaned it to me. Should be a must read for high school and college graduates. One of my favorite books about calling and career.

  • Michelleandderek Nakagawa
    2019-05-19 02:48

    Good, sound advice about changing your mindset about work. It really made me realize that the way I think about how I spend most of my days can really influence my whole attitude towards life.

  • Nicole Ambrosino
    2019-04-24 23:50

    If you work, read this book. It will change your perspective and actually help you to find meaning and happiness at your job.

  • Majka Skowrońska
    2019-04-23 02:31

    Po pierwsze warto przeczytać co Dalajlama ma do powiedzenia. Warto znać jego poglądy. Tym ciekawiej kiedy wypowiada się o pracy, pracy, której w takim wymiarze jak inni ludzie, nigdy nie zazna. Jest to zupełnie świeże spojrzenie i może być inspirujące.

  • Jason
    2019-05-22 01:53

    After much success with his first book in collaboration with the Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness, Howard Cutler decided to write another book. In this book Cutler wanted to explore some ideas and topics not touched upon in the first one. Namely, since work takes up an overwhelming amount of the day for most people, how can we find happiness at work? After all, most of us cannot sit around all day in a cave without venturing out into the real world. If we have no practical way to take our spiritual practice into the real world then what good is it? The first thing that becomes readily apparent to the reader is that the Dalai Lama feels that cultivating inner values contributes to the greatest possibility of being happy at work. Obviously if you have a bitter attitude about work it doesn't matter what type of career you have you are probably going to be dissatisfied. Also, cultivating inner values like compassion and kindness can help you get along with other co-workers and this contributes to happiness as well. Later in the book other topics are brought up which are rendered as conversations that took place between Cutler and the Dalai Lama. After these conversations end Cutler usually provides his own commentary about them as the chapter ends. Some of the topics are; making money, work boredom, job career and calling, right livelihood. Many of the practical suggestions center around maintaining an optimistic outlook, calm mind, and a realistic perspective. For instance, having your self-identity tied up with the money you make is not a realistic perspective. You are not your money and what happens if you suddenly stop making money. You are all of a sudden a worthless person because you no longer have a high income? So a realistic perspective is crucial. The Dalai Lama encourages us to even take jobs that pay less money but that leave for more time to spend with family, friends, and doing things we enjoy. It's hard to be happy when you are a slave to work. Many of the other suggestions in the book I felt centered around common-sense objectives. For instance, have a self-understanding of your strengths and weaknesses so you won't be devastated if you are not great at certain aspects of your job. Also, try to do your job with a sense of meaningfulness and skill so you gain a feeling of satisfaction from doing a good job. Despite this book having a fair amount of good advice for all of us I did find myself becoming a bit bored with it. Some of the conversations seemed to ramble on and became somewhat monotonous. I think if some of the more redundant conversations were cleaned up a bit it would have been a better read. Nevertheless, it's still enjoyable for the most part as most books concerning the Dalai Lama with his practical advice and good attitude tend to be.

  • John Stepper
    2019-04-27 02:42

    It's a short book and yet the snippets of dialog with the Dalai Lama show the striking similarity between his beliefs about work and what recent studies show (e.g. The importance and impact of "job crafting").

  • Eve Kay
    2019-05-20 03:35

    There are several reasons for me to dislike this book so I'll do my best to keep it short.Firstly, I read it in the hopes of finding any kind of an answer to my current job situation. I did not find any. Also, it was apparent from the beginning I wasn't going to. Dalailama says on several occasions in the book that he hasn't got an answer to a question or that the question he is asked needs to be viewed from the person's view whom it concerns.He also gave vast amounts of answers I already knew myself without having read any kind of book like this before. Which made me question my need for such books.I learned from the first chapter that I need to adjust my attitude to my work but there was no advice given what to do with colleagues who are aholes and do not care are you nice to them or not. Secondly, many of the topics discussed in this book do not concern me. For example the whole chapter on money. When there is a topic that I'd be intrested in, it's discussed from the wrong point of view for my case so it doesn't apply to me! For example they discussed how nice it is to have nice colleagues but my problem are colleagues who seem to do too much yacking and too little working. I go to work to work not to explain in detail what I did over the weekend, hence, I end up doing most of the work. There is also too much focus on things like the state of mind called flow state and it just went on for way too long. Lastly, I just hate the way the book is written and put together. I find it so annoying that the author has spent words and pages on describing how they had tea with Dalailama or how there was a pause before he answered or there was a certain look on his face. Just get to the point! What I did enjoy was Dalailama's honesty. What I got out of the book was that I just need to trust my inner voice.Dalailama's best advice to me was that I should get an easy job where I could have more time to myself and my hobbies, even if it pays less, and that is something I have been dreaming about for a long time.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-15 01:46

    The book took me quite a while to get through. Part of it was my own distraction with other books, but another part was the fact I didn't find this book quite as enlightening and enthralling as plain old Art of Happiness was. That book I could barely put down. If I did it was to ponder what I'd just read and let it sink in. I could genuinely relate to the material and found the compiling of the meetings to be very well done.Art of Happiness at Work didn't have quite the same punch for me. Part of it may be my gross unhappiness with my current "career" situation. And I did find a majority of the book to be useful and interesting. Certain parts however felt repetitive and unoriginal. They also seemed to lack conclusion or usefulness. I was left going "Huh. Oookkkkk" after them. Additionally, one must realize that this book isn't going to transform a horrible job situation that makes you miserable into one you just love and enjoy day in and day out. I think the largest take away I got from the book is the fact I can at least make things more bearable for myself by using some of the meditative and attitude change practices found in the book. But still. If a new job is what you really need, a new job is what you need to get. This book also addresses, in brief, what type of things to look for in finding a job too. Those sections definitely made me ponder my own career decisions.I recommend this book for anyone interested in furthering their reading on Buddhist thought, and how those practices may relate to our attitudes about work, with the caution that a ridiculously miserable work situation isn't going to be "fixed" by simply reading this. Sometimes, the art of finding happiness at work is in finding work that has the potential to make you happy. If your job fundamentally lacks that nothing is going to help!Started: November 1, 2009Finished: March 21, 2010

  • Christopher Sears
    2019-05-16 04:41

    The Art of Happiness at Work comes from a series of conversations between the author and the Dalai Lama. I am aware that the Dalai Lama shares credit for the book, but the format of the book makes it clear that the Dalai Lama did not do much writing of the book. However, I don't blame the Howard Cutler or the Dalai Lama for this misrepresentation.I found that the format of the book worked well for its intent. Cutler includes his own dialog with the Dalai Lama's which gives the book an intimate feel. The Dalai Lama is not a wise, unapproachable sage at the top of a mountain. He is a person with the same feeling and needs as us. That makes is wisdom easier to accept.The format also serves to show the contrast between the Dalai Lama's point of view and our own. Cutler is acting as a surrogate for the reader. This is most apparent when Cutler is asking the Dalai Lama about productive work. They take some time to decide on what "productive" means. Cutler defines "productive" to mean making things. The Dalai Lama defines it to be helping others.If you are looking for some deep, mystical path to being happy at work, this is not the book for you. The message of the book can be boiled down to "help other people at work and you will be happy" and "change comes from within." The rest of the book is about answering the "Yeah, but..." that we want to throw into the message. Perhaps the person looking for the mystical path will realize that such a path is not needed.The only concrete instructions in the book are on meditation. Meditation comes up in the course of the conversations, and is never emphasized as an activity in which the reader should engage.

  • Brad McKenna
    2019-04-28 03:47

    More useful advice from The Dalai Lama! I read The Art of Happiness years ago and if you have not, read that one first. This book finds Dr. Cutler talking with His Holiness again, specifically about being happy at work. Ever the pragmatist the Dalai Lama admits that not everyone can have a job they love. So his advice focusing on having a positive attitude and thinking about how your work, even if it seems mundane and paltry, can indeed do good. One of his examples is a working on an assembly line. She may be just packing crates of Orange Juice or something, but that juice could go on to become part of the balanced breakfast for the next Nobel Peace Prize winner. It's all about perspective. One chapter that really struck home with me was the one on Right Livelihood, which is a step no the Noble Eightfold path. It states that you shouldn't do a job that harms but rather helps people. I felt this acutely when at my last job. I really did not believe the company was helping people. Now, as a librarian, I help people all the time. It's gone a long way towards establishing my happiness at work. But again, the Dalai Lama admits that not everyone is so lucky. He gives advice on how to cope in those cases. Would this be a good read for you? I'd was say so. You don't have to be Buddhist to put his advice into action. It certainly helps you see where he's coming from, but I'd say even and Atheist could find use int his book.

  • Betsy Ng
    2019-05-13 23:47

    Reading this book, I'm hoping to find my happiness at work. If you are looking for an answer, this book does not provide you with an explicit answer. Rather, it opens up to various perspectives of finding meaning in your work and valuing your work. I like the way he shared about 3 different ways of perceiving your work: 1) do you see your work as a job that provides your financial needs; 2) do you see your work as a career for progression though pay may not be that good; 3) do you see your work as a calling and this is not easy. He also talked about his definition of productive work and how one can develop and train his mind as well as make positive changes. It is important to make progress and find inner satisfaction. Given the complexity of human beings, there are a lot of variables that can affect happiness at work. A handful of potent variables such as biological, social, economic or demographic variables can influence human happiness. According to Dalai Lama, his view of happiness is based on ancient Buddhist philosophy - we begin by turning inward, by reshaping our attitudes and outlook. This book is highly recommended as it entails the science of happiness in 9 easy-to-read chapters: 1) transforming dissatisfaction at work; 2) the human factor; 3) making money; 4) striking a balance: boredom and challenge; 5) job, career, and calling; 6) self-understanding; 7) work and identity; 8) right livelihood; 9) happiness at work.

  • Nina
    2019-04-26 23:49

    all the dalai lama books are quick, cheap therapy for when you're feeling depressed and sad. i flew through this book when i was unsure about work and my career and the path i wanted to pursue. it immediately put things in perspective and i found myself feeling better about things so i stopped reading it. ha. the things he says are obvious and rational. we (westerns, first world countries) put too much emphasis on what we do for a living and how it need not be where we derive our happiness from. other sad stuff like how people in china are grateful for any job (low wages, very long hours, far from home) because they need the money and here we are in the US complaining about jobs that we most likely have chosen for ourselves. i think his point was that we should be grateful for what we have and if it really makes us unhappy then it's our responsibility to do something about it. i really should finish reading this!

  • Kevin
    2019-05-03 06:51

    Mostly fluff. Maybe it was the format of the book that didn't do it for me. The entire book is a series of conversations that the author has with the Dalai Lama on the topic of work. This style gave it a bit of an unprofessional feel. Most of the dialog was not relevant or useful, hence fluff. Too much time was spent trying to explain modern work office problems to someone that has not worked in an office.While I have not yet read the original, Art of Happiness, I can imagine what it covers based on other similar readings. The Work book seems to be delving into a topic that is a bit too specific for the Dalai Lama's general lessons to be very applicable. From the entire book, I found a few chestnuts worth remembering. These are most likely covered in the original Art of Happiness book, or at least should be.

  • Janelle
    2019-05-10 00:28

    The narrative takes the form of a discussion between Cutler and the Dalai Lama on the nature of finding satisfaction in one's occupation. The content is great and provoked a lot of thought for myself; I also found that my attitude toward work was greatly improved on the days that I listened to this on my way there and back. A lot of their postulations came down to that: simply adjusting your individual expectations and attitude toward your work, as well as weighing your values and how they correspond with giving meaning and purpose to your work and life. Cutler has a nasally, rather dull voice; B.D. Wong affects a sort of Chinese accent, which is comical and gimmicky at first but ultimately is a performance that does give the essence of the Dalai Lama.