Porter Knight’s Happiness Equation
I’m calling this post “Porter Knight’s Happiness Equation” to distinguish it from the happiness equation that has been my mantra for the last several years: Progress equals Happiness. (Click here to read Does Progress Equal Happiness?) Although hers is completely different, don’t worry, they don’t cancel each other out!
Meet Porter Knight
Porter Knight is a productivity specialist who lives in Vermont. In fact, her business is called Productivity Vermont. She was my first NAPO instructor when I joined in 2004. Porter developed and taught “Introduction to Professional Organizing” and “Starting an Organizing Business.” She was the perfect person to set the tone for what it meant to be a professional organizer and made me feel that I was on the right path.
I got to meet Porter in person only once, at the NAPO2012 conference in Baltimore. I felt like I was meeting a celebrity! But our paths have not crossed since. So I never really got to know her. When I saw her essay about happiness, in her newsletter, I felt compelled to share it. I searched for it on her website and on social media, but to no avail. Then I got brave and asked her (via email) if I could share her essay with my readers, and she agreed. She wrote, “I absolutely know who you are!” (Why does it always surprise me so much when people remember me?) She also indicated an interest in expanding her horizons, virtually, beyond Vermont, with plans to update her website and become more active on social media.
So, this is kind of like a guest post — which would be a departure for me — and an indication of how much her words resonated with me. She wrote it as a New Year’s piece, but her perspective is timeless. Why write about happiness? Because, according to Porter — and c’mon, doesn’t it make sense? — happiness has a strong correlation to performance and productivity.
Now, here’s Porter:
I’m sure, when it comes to connection and contribution, that there’s room in the equation for an introversion adjustment. I’m thinking of my post What is Your Socializing Sweet Spot? Plus, it doesn’t have to be in person. In this post(-ish) COVID world we have all learned new ways of connecting and contributing, haven’t we?
What do you think?
Does “joyful engagement” (minus attachment) ring as true for you as it did for me as a path to happiness?
Thank you, Porter! I look forward to seeing more of you in cyberspace!
Copyright 2023 by Hazel Thornton, Organized for Life and Beyond
Hazel is an author, family historian, and retired residential organizer.
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