5th Principle of Happiness At Work:

• Happy relationships are absolutely critical to our happiness.

If there is one factor that is common to every recipe or framework for happiness, ancient and modern, it is the essential importance of having good relationships.

Some of the latest thinking about our evolution as a species is suggesting that our ability to form strong empathetic relationships is the key factor that led to our dominance as a species, far more important than our opposable thumbs, our development of language or even our art making.

Certainly all happy people have strong relationships with people, and being good at making connections and developing good relationships with people might be the single most important factor affecting our Happiness At Work.

And helping others to be happy will bring us greater and longer-lasting happiness than anything we do for ourselves.