Do you say TGIF?

robertbw's picture

An interesting article appeared in the LA Times recently pointing to research that people are happier on weekends.  So?  Well, it turns out the reason we function better and are happier on weekends is connected to something called "self-determination theory,"

which means that well-being is based on one's personal needs for autonomy, competence and social relationships.  In other words you're best off when you're doing what you want to be doing.  And most people, even those who profess to love their work, aren't practicing "self-determination" when working for somebody else.

So would you (and most employed people) be better off working with people you choose to work with, when and where you choose to work, in your own business?  I don't know the answer to that, but it would seem a step in the right direction - toward feeling fulfilled in your endeavor all week long instead of 2/7th of the time.

There is probably a lot more to say about self-determination theory in relation to self-employment, but I'd like your opinion.  You can weigh in here.