Find more happiness at work in 2010

Find more happiness at work in 2010

Just before the current recession set in, 35-year-old Samuel Peery quit a stable job as a vice president of marketing to start his own social-networking company. Unable to secure funding for his start-up, Mr. Peery, of Lehi, Utah, was left unemployed, with an unrealized dream.

“I got some gigs through my marketing consulting firm, but it wasn’t enough to pay the bills,” he says, adding that he had to find a way to adapt to the new stresses he was feeling.

Mr. Peery decided to take his happiness into his own hands. “I now make meditation and prayer a part of my daily routine. It helps me to connect to something larger than myself and has provided tremendous comfort and direction,” he says.

He also makes it a priority to engage in activities that will boost his mood, from exercising to listening to a song mix or motivational recording. He’s still pursuing life as an entrepreneur, and plans to release a multimedia online marketing course for small businesses next year.

Happiness, it seems, has become a new mandate. That’s partly thanks to people like New York-based writer Gretchen Rubin, who was on a city bus in the rain a few years ago when she asked herself what it would take to make her happy.

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