Happiness and power – how do they relate? Well, it really depends on how it is used.
What is power?
Power is usually defined as control, authority, domination and influence. However, it really matters how we talk about it. A social work blog post explains that there are four types.
Power over assumes finite resources and gives power to those who control access to those resources. This type uses violence and fear. Physical resources such as food, medical care and money or emotional resources such as love, attention and esteem are used to manipulate and control others.
Power with and to point to a more beneficial type of power. This type is about sharing and empowering each other – great potential for happiness.
Finally, power within refers to empowering ourselves. This type is about self-esteem and self-knowledge.
Working together, sharing and collaborating is the safest way to happiness. Every other way is really stressful because everyone wants the powerful position and will fight for it.
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