Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Ethics in Our Personal and Professional Lives

by Victoria Brewster, MSW

While reading the book, ‘Happiness’ by Matthieu Richard, Chapter 22,  I came across some amazing information on Ethics as ‘The Science of Happiness’.

It discusses Buddhism and that ethics is not just a way of acting, but a way of being.  As humans we have evolved and have the qualities of loving-kindness, compassion and wisdom.

According to the book, in Buddhism, an act is unethical if it is to cause suffering and ethical if it brings genuine well-being to others.

The book discusses ethics as our own well-being; making suffering in others will bring suffering to ourselves. The chapter further discusses mindfulness, wisdom and basic altruism that is deeply embedded in the mind and is cultivated throughout life.

We must realize that motivation and consequences are important. What is our motivation? Work towards a positive outcome. Are we broad-minded or narrow-minded? Have we looked at the whole situation? Is our view too narrow? We need to look at the whole picture from all angles.

Ethics at work……

In both our personal and professional lives we need to live by ethics and be open-minded enough to see the whole situation, to try a different strategy, to be willing to learn something new or change our focus to meet the needs of our clients, patients, family, friends, colleagues, and ourselves.

* the book is worth reading

6 thoughts on “Ethics in Our Personal and Professional Lives”

  1. An interesting discussion is worth comment. I do think that you should write more about this topic, it may not be a taboo matter but generally people don’t talk about these issues. To the next! Cheers!!

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