- Tony Hsieh, internet entrepreneur, is a pioneer of happiness at work, which he has put in practice in his company Zappos. He describes in his book “Delivering happiness” the benefits of a company culture based on happiness of employees and customers.
- Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics, renowned specialist of neuroendocrinology, has published several bestsellers, including “The Hacking of the American Mind” which includes an in-depth analysis of pleasure and happiness and their respective neurotransmitters.
- Ken Mogi, brain scientist, writer and researcher, published in 2017 the bestseller “The little book of Ikigai”. This book is a beautiful and practical illustration of an ancestral Japanese recipe for happiness called Ikigai, which means literally “reason for being”.
- Matthieu Ricard, humanitarian, Buddhist monk, doctor in molecular genetics from Pasteur Institute, author of several bestsellers, is dubbed “the happiest man on earth” even though he prefers not to be called like that.
- Martin Seligman, psychologist, author of many self-help books, is an early promoter of Positive Psychology, which is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living, or the “science of happiness”.
What do all these explorers tell us? Their respective recipes for happiness include three recurring ingredients:
- Engage with others
- Give to others
What does it mean for you? Happiness is there, in you. You just have to make one step, with a desire to give and interact with others.
Today is the perfect time to start your Ikigai journey.