Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace

How would you like to be calmer, less distracted, more productive, and more content at your job? You might think it would take more hours in the day, a better boss, more support, less interference, a shorter commute—and the list goes on. Most of the things we think would help are either not in our control or simply not realistic. But there is one thing we can do to achieve the qualities we seek, and it can be done invisibly and often: meditation. Meditation? Can you imagine meditating at work? Who has time for that? Real Happiness at Work will show why you don’t have time not to do it. Sharon Salzberg has identified Eight Pillars of Happiness in the Workplace. They are: balance, concentration, resilience, integrity, meaning, connection, compassion, and open awareness. With short, subtle meditations to use pre- or post-meeting, in coping with unreasonable people, in finding meaning in seemingly meaningless tasks, and for dealing with mistakes, Real Happiness at Work will provide what we all seek—happiness—and what we all need—peace and productivity.

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By Laura (San Pedro, CA) · ★★★★☆ · October 24, 2014
It's hard for me to give any kind of "self-help" book more than three stars. All the advice books I've read - not many, to be sure - are founded on clichéd truisms or the "wise" saws of conventional wisdom. I liked this one much better than most books that attempt to show you the path towards "ha... ...more
By Jason (Oakland, CA) · ★★★★★ · April 03, 2014
A must-read for those in high stress, low morale work environments like academia. We could all use some more compassion in the workplace. ...more
By Phoebe (Jamaica Plain, MA) · ★★★★☆ · October 27, 2014
Practical steps to finding satisfaction with your job, whatever job you do? Yes. Easy? Not really! But, if something is worth the effort, is it ever truly easy?

Even reading this book proved a challenge for me. Too quiet to drown out the bustle of public transportation, I had to steal moments to r... ...more
By Tara (Chicago, IL) · ★★★☆☆ · August 02, 2014

Not an easy read but worth it. 3.5 stars.

Notes, not a review:

- "the very act of observation can sometimes dissipate stress, because we're not struggling against the experience but taking an interest in whatever feeling arrives and passes away."
- "mindfulness has to do with paying attention to wh... ...more
By Reid (Seattle, WA) · ★★★☆☆ · March 15, 2015
Sharon Salzberg is a remarkable teacher of Buddhist meditation, thought, and philosophy. I have been on several weekend-long retreats with her and learned a great deal. I admire and respect Sharon. Several years ago she wrote a rather amazing and courageous book, Faith, which approached a subject... ...more
By David (Washington, DC) · ★★★☆☆ · March 07, 2015
Some good practical suggestions and interesting, realistic anecdotes about using mindfulness or loving-kindness meditation to try to get more out of (or just endure!) jobs and co-workers.

probably better dipped into from time to time than read straight through. nominally each chapter addresses a d... ...more
By Angie (Tampa, FL) · ★★★★☆ · July 06, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. It provides concrete meditations for how to deal with many of the issues that come up at work. ...more
By April (San Francisco, CA) · ★★★★☆ · August 13, 2014
Great book for bringing your mindfullness practice in to the workplace. ...more
By Lindsay (The United States) · ★★★★★ · March 07, 2014
I love Sharon Salzberg and I'll read anything she writes! ...more
By Artemisia (Brea, CA) · ★★★★☆ · April 04, 2015
I've always been impressed with Sharon Salzberg as a meditation teacher who has done the walk and not just knows the talk of this practice. Even though I'm retired and don't spend my days dealing with office politics or demanding bosses, this book still had a lot that resonated for me in it. It's... ...more