Posted by: ingogulde | September 10, 2015

Did early focus on hard work make East Germans happier?

The last few years, I have been reading a lot about happiness and how to lead a happier life. Perfectionism seems to be the enemy of good and of happiness. Rewarding hard work on the contrary seems to lead to more happiness. In East Germany, I remember, we got a grade for “Fleiß” which means “effort” or “hard work”. Automatically, when you tried to get a good grade for hard work it would correlate with a good grades in other subjects. So, I think linking hard work and grades was a pretty smart move of the Socialist education system. The grade for “Fleiß” is something that stuck with me for years and I remember it vividly. And as I look back at the past 10 years, going the extra mile almost always led to success. And maybe because of focusing on hard work in my life, I can consider myself a quite happy person.

What do you think? I’d love to hear from you.

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