As you may know, in the middle of 2010, I wrote a piece for the Harvard Business Review entitled How Will You Measure Your Life? The article was the result of a conversation I have with my students at the conclusion of the semester. On that day, we use the thinking we’ve shared in the course for a powerful purpose — to ensure they are successful not just in their careers, but in their lives as well.
I believe it’s my single most important class of the year.
The reaction to that article was beyond my wildest expectations — it has consistently been among the most read articles on HBR’s website and inspired comments from readers all around the world. Many of the people who were moved by it asked me to expand my thoughts into a full-length book.
Today, I’m very excited to let you know that — in collaboration with my co-authors, Karen Dillon and James Allworth — we have done just that.
I have never done my research as snapshots in correlation; instead, my work has always been deeply focused on trying to figure out what causes things to happen, and why. The study of happiness is an area which hasn’t really been approached from this perspective — of what causes people to feel this way in their careers, and in their homes. I genuinely believe that in pursuing this line of inquiry, we have yielded deep insight into some of the most important questions we’ll face in our lives.
Though it’s grounded in serious scholarship, this is a more personal work than I have published before. You’re reading this note on the website for the book, http://www.measureyourlife.com — please feel free to look around, as we have a range of resources available here including interviews on the topic of the book, an exclusive preview of the first two chapters of the book for our newsletter subscribers, and reviews. We have also set up a Twitter account, @measureyourlife, and a Facebook account to continue the conversation with you online.
We look forward to doing so, and we truly hope there’s something here that you might find useful.
With our best wishes,