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CHAPTER 1

Why Happiness Matters at Work

If You Sacrifice Happiness, You Sacrifice Success

“I’m working harder than ever before . . . and I don’t know if it’s worth it anymore.”

Hearing these words from my friend “Ari” worried me a lot. As senior vice president of sales at a well-respected company, he has signed up time and again for the challenge, and he’s delivered quarter after quarter. I’ve always known him to be an excellent leader: smart, emotionally intelligent, and wise—just the kind of person we want at the top of a company.1

Ari’s division is doing well. No big crises are on the horizon, other than the now-routine demand to squeeze more ...

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