The Three Basic Needs

Dr. Raj Raghunathan | Methods for Happiness at Work

Assess how well your own basic needs are being satisfied in your organization and develop actionable strategies for satisfying basic needs that aren’t fully met.


“There are three domains of basic need at work, physical, emotional, and mental. All of them need to be fulfilled for your happiness at work. In fact, forget about being happy, even not to be unhappy, that is even to feel neutral, the fulfillment of these three needs would be key. Let’s do a quick survey to help understand how well you’re meeting your basic needs at work. After that, I’ll talk about things you can do for yourself to help fulfill these basic needs. Download the workbook when prompted and take the short survey. When you’re ready to begin, click on the start button to continue to the prompts and follow along. You should have the workbook in front of you. Please answer the following questions. The scale goes from one, strongly disagree, all the way to five, strongly agree. Physical needs. I do not do hard drugs, for example, cocaine or heroin, etcetera. Do not smoke or smoke very rarely. Rarely consume excessive alcohol, for example no more than two drinks per evening. I do not suffer from major bodily pains and aches. I lead a healthy lifestyle. Specifically, I eat well with minimal amounts of processed and fried foods. I Exercise regularly, at least 20 minutes a day for at least three days a week and get adequate sleep, at least seven hours…”