I used to be very social “out there” in the real world, when I had jobs outside the home. Since I came home to work in February 2008, I became more of a “hermit” and only work by telecommuting/virtual arrangements. Promoting my freelance business and my custom quilt business depends on social networking, and social networking also helps in the field of education, as I’m working toward earning my doctoral degree. So I definitely agree with today’s rule of happiness to be more social!
On Fridays this month, I’m participating in the Facebook blogging challenge with the Power Affiliate Club (PAC) Blogging Carnival. The topic this Friday addresses these ideas: “Innovation and taking the road less traveled. Did you discover a new direction at any point, how did you expand your pathway to include these new discoveries or did you take a different direction.”
Today’s Rule of Happiness fits right in with that topic! As I mentioned in my opening paragraph, I left the “workaday” world, came home to work, discovered the variety of freelance jobs available, and then expanded on my opportunities by continuing into graduate education and joining relevant social networks.
I can relate to what my fellow PAC blogger Alicia said: “How often have you thought to yourself, ‘I need a change. I need to reinvent myself, take a new direction’? At the age of fifty I knew that something needed to change and change now.” I was at the same age back in 2008, when I earned my M.Ed. degree in instructional technology, and then entered the field of instructional design and curriculum development. I then continued to expand my pathway by pursuing my Ed.D. degree in Educational Technology and E-Learning. Within the next two to three months, I will officially become Dr. Banks! 🙂
So now we are up to #10 of Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness.
Here are #1 – #9 in case you have missed any:
Now here’s today’s rule…
Rule #10 – Be More Social
“Countless studies on the science of happiness have turned up one single characteristic of the happiest and most successful people in society. They have a large social network!
Don’t just wait for interesting people to stumble into your life. Keep going and going. Expand your social circle as far as you can.
Be the person that walks through town and bumps into a dozen friends.” –Karl Moore
“Let us be grateful to people
who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.”
– Marcel Proust
I have discovered over the past few years just how much fun it is to have a large social network. As a freelancer who works from a home office, I especially enjoy and appreciate being able to socialize online.
My favorite social network is Facebook, because I can more easily keep in touch with family and friends, as well as participate in groups with people who have mutual interests (like education, blogging, and sewing!)
I think the qualifier of having a large social network is to ensure the people in it are those who support and encourage you, and who enrich your life in some way, not a huge number of random people just for the sake of saying you have “x” number of “followers.”
So what are YOUR thoughts?
You’re online, so what do you think of online social networks?
Do you have a large social network offline as well, or are you more of a “home body” like I am?
My bliss and favorite “free” time activity – sewing! 🙂