Delivering Happiness by Caregiving

Happiness delivered on a Happiness Bus?  This weekend, Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos.com, visited Chicago in his "Delivering Happiness Bus" as part of the promotion for his book, titled "Delivering Happiness, A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose".

Tony sold a company in his early twenties for many millions and then began the search for what would make him happy.  He discovered the research on the science of happiness had already been done.

This research shows there are 3 types of happiness:
  • Pleasure (Rock-star high)
  • Passion (Flow and engagement- like going for a long run or knitting or anything you lose yourself in)
  • Higher Purpose (Being part of something bigger than yourself)
The longest-lasting type of happiness is the "higher purpose" type.  Then you layer on top the passion and the pleasure.

This seems to explain why so many people pursue caregiving as a career.  Is the pay the highest?  No.  Do your client's always appreciate what you do for them? No.  Do you go home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled because you have helped someone? Yes!

Caregiving delivers a higher purpose.  Applying for a job as even a part-time caregiver makes a positive difference for those who are going to school or need extra income and being a full-time caregiver, for those who have passion for helping others............delivers happiness!

What makes you happy?

Comments (4) -

  • Cindy Mork

    9/7/2010 7:32:37 PM | Reply

    I am a caregiver for a 93-year-old man.  Seeing the smile on his face after I have safely tucked him into bed at the end of a long day of physical therapy and activities.....makes me happy!   I am also happy when his family tells me how happy I make him as a reliable, caring caregiver.

  • Angela Gusman

    9/7/2010 11:03:10 PM | Reply

    I was a caregiver for a lady in her 80's.  She had COPD.  She was not a pleasant lady.  She would talk about all the caregivers.  The caregivers would say she was mean and ugly with them.  She hardly slept through the night.  I think she was afraid of not waking up. So, right before I tucked her into bed I would pray with her and just have a one on one conversation with her. She began to trust me and tell me things about her life.  She would tell me that she loved me.  I also took the time to show her what I knew about playing the piano.  She would practice and practice every day.  It was like that was the last thing she was going to do in life.  I was sad to know that about 6 months later she passed away.  I only hope that I made a difference in her last days. As a caregiver listening is a very important part of the job.

  • Stella K.

    9/8/2010 12:33:26 PM | Reply

    Maria is in her 90s and together, we cook. Because she has no one else nearby, I am the lucky recipient of some wonderful old-world recipes. As I knead bread dough or roll gnocchi (to her specifications!), Maria tells me about her life in the old country. It is as if she's back there, reliving her early life. There in the kitchen, she's no longer the frail, elderly woman who needs my care, but a young woman, teaching me to cook, as her mother taught her. I look forward to our long afternoons together and seeing that youthful light in her eyes gives me much happiness.

  • Cindy

    9/9/2010 7:15:32 PM | Reply

    This is such a great story!  We all need to cherish the relationships we build with others.

    Cindy
    Phoenix, AZ

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