More than expected, we encounter people in organizations who categorically fear joy. They find it difficult to allow themselves to be happy in themselves and for others.
At the root of their fear is an irrational and persistent belief that the happier people get, the more unmotivated they become. Hundreds of studies would have no support of this belief, indicating that things are actually otherwise. The attribution of satisfaction to unmotivated people is incorrect and unsupported by the data.
Happier people work with more passion than their apathetic and miserable peers and leaders. Happier people work with more creativity, internal accountability higher standards and collaboration. That's the data. The more organizations that get this, the more they will see more success and growth.
It starts with giving people experiences that allow them to discover on their own how to take full responsibility for their happiness at work.