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How would you like to be calmer, less distracted, more productive, and more content at your job? You might think it would take more hours in the day, a better boss, more support, less interference, a shorter commute—and the list goes on. Most of the things we think would help are either not in our control or simply not realistic. But there is one thing we can do to achieve the qualities we seek, and it can be done invisibly and often: meditation. Meditation? Can you imagine meditating at work? Who has time for that? Real Happiness at Work will show why you don’t have time not to do it. Sharon Salzberg has identified eight pillars of happiness in the workplace. They are: balance, concentration, resilience, integrity, meaning, connection, compassion, and open awareness. With short, subtle meditations to use pre- or post-meeting, in coping with unreasonable people, in finding meaning in seemingly meaningless tasks, and for dealing with mistakes, Real Happiness at Work will provide what we all seek—happiness—and what we all need—peace and productivity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sharon Salzberg has offered a gift of peace to the world.” 

    Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple

  • “Integrating both modern science and perennial wisdom and using a warm and helpful voice, Sharon Salzberg shows us how to be both happy and productive at work, even under tough conditions.”

    Rick Hanson, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Hardwiring Happiness

  • In Real Happiness at Work Sharon Salzberg brings her wise and kind sensibility to the work day, offering us practical tools to transform the zones of boredom, distraction, and stress to opportunities for concentration, connection, and even joy. Anyone who has a job will find treasures here.”

    Daniel Goleman, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence

  • “Sharon Salzberg, one of the world’s leading meditation teachers, lends her clear, comforting voice in her follow-up to Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation. Here, Salzberg applies meditation principles to the workplace and elaborates on eight helpful points to achieve workplace bliss…Salzberg explains meditation principles in a way that is warm and welcoming to those who have never practiced meditation before. There’s a technique or soothing meditation for every job stressor, offering something for everyone.”


  • “Sharon has a genius for lending us the gentle wisdom of her presence. This book helps lead us out of the myriad torments of professional life into an infinitely kinder and more fulfilling way of being at work.” 

    Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Own North Star

  • “Sharon’s book is perfect for those just starting out meditating, those looking to deepen their practice, and experienced mediators who need a reminder of how to apply the teachings in this most stress-inducing of settings.”

    Melissa Kirsch, author of The Girls Guide to Absolutely Everything

  • Real Happiness at Work is essential reading in a time when so many of us are plagued by periods of burnout and stress—even when our work is meaningful. Wherever you work, whatever you do, the simple tools and techniques in this book may be the key to greater satisfaction, focus, and peace of mind. Is there anyone who isn’t clamoring for those things?”

    Marci Alboher, author of The Encore Career Handbook

  • “An astonishingly relevant and important book for this time…Sharon is a superb guide, offering practices that serve as a strong, trustworthy lifeline, lifting us from these drowning depths to rediscover how moment-to-moment presence offers us clarity, discernment, effectiveness, and joy.”

    Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science

  • Real Happiness at Work is a personal field manual that teaches us that changes in the workplace begin as an inside job. By tapping into our inner-kindness, inner-compassion, and inner-joy, we can gently bring those qualities out in our fellow workers.”

    Tim Ryan, author of A Mindful Nation

  • Real Happiness at Work offers a practical and wise set of teachings on how to create a thriving work place. With sage advice for managing conflict, dealing with difficult people, driving team performance and finding more meaning at work, it is relevant to all of us day in and day out—from the most senior executive to the sole entrepreneur.”

    Amy Elizabeth Fox, CEO, Mobius Executive Leadership

  • “This is an amazing and very practical book that delivers an important message about how to overcome workplace suffering. I love the teachings—simple, understandable, inspiring, and truthful without the new age jargon.”

    Casey Sheahan, CEO, Patagonia, Inc.

  • “Here, Sharon Salzberg elegantly and articulately guides you to bring it all together in the workplace and in the place of work in our lives.”

    Larry Brilliant, president and CEO, Skoll Global Threats Fund

  • “Keep this book next to your computer or next to your bed—you’ll be reaching for it regularly as you learn to become happier and more compassionate in the most challenging circumstances.” 

    Mirabai Bush, senior fellow, Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

  • “Sharon Salzberg brings to the workplace practical techniques and practices that will help workers in challenging jobs survive and even thrive. It is highly recommended for both workers and their supervisors.”

    Reverend Dr. Marilyn Sewell, minister emerita of the First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR

  • Real Happiness at Work represents the next revolution in achieving greater personal fulfillment at work. Sharon has captured the essence of compassionate workplace practices and how they can bring greater meaning and balance into our daily lives.”

    Peter J. Miscovich, managing director of strategy and innovation, Jones Lang LaSalle

  • Real Happiness at Work is filled with insights and practical skills that can enhance your life, shift your perception, and create meaning in the work you do—all from the inside out. Her book offers the mindfulness tools necessary to help us navigate our work, manage our relationships, and develop a more emotionally sustainable life as a result.”

    Seane Corn, co-founder, Off the Mat, Into the World

  • Real Happiness at Work offers simple and skillful advice that helps us to harness the challenges at work to cultivate happiness and promote well-being. May every worker and employer read this book! The world would be a better place!”

    Richard J. Davidson, founder and chair, Center for Investigating Health Minds, University of Wisconsin–Madison

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About the Author
Author Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg co-founded the Insight Meditation Society with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein and is the author of several books, including the bestsellers Real HappinessLovingkindness, and Faith. A teacher for more than thirty years, she has been a contributing editor at O, The Oprah Magazine, and has been featured in TimeReal SimpleGood HousekeepingSelfShambhalaSunMore, and other periodicals.