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Gratitude can make Taiwan workers happier: author
Central News Agency
2013-03-28 10:46 PM
Taipei, March 28 (CNA) Will Bowen, author of the bestseller "A Complaint Free World," said Thursday that Taiwanese people can become happier in their work by developing a grateful attitude. "You have to develop gratitude for your job," Bowen told CNA at a press conference in Taipei when asked how Taiwanese can deal with the pressure they suffer due to the long working hours here. "Probably thousands of people are out there and they would love to have your job," the American pastor said. To help cultivate a more positive attitude, Bowen suggested Taiwanese workers make a list of what they are grateful for about their jobs and "read it often." "I believe that we need to watch our happiness level as closely as diabetics watch their blood sugar," he noted. "We need to focus on the fact that we are already happy because you know positive builds positive." Bowen, who currently serves as an ordained minister in Kansas City in the U.S. state of Missouri, has been invited by Taiwan-based China Times Publishing Co. to deliver keynote speeches in Taipei on March 30 and in Taichung on March 31 during his first visit to the country. His "Complaint Free World" program began in July 2006 when he simply handed out purple bracelets to recipients and invited them to challenge themselves by not complaining for 21 days. If the recipients catch themselves complaining, they have to switch the bracelet from one wrist to the other and start counting from the start. Bowen's idea has exploded around the world and nearly 10 million purple Complaint Free bracelets have been sent to people in more than 106 countries. His Complaint Free Program has been featured on TV interviews such as Oprah, NBC's Today Show, The ABC Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning and Fox News. (By Jeffrey Wu)
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