Love is the “killer app” – of happiness and productivity

Tim Sanders wrote an interesting book titled Love Is The Killer App, How To Win Business And Influence Friends. It’s worth a read.

I’ve modified Tim’s title to suggest that Love is the killer app of happiness and productivity.

Those of you who have history in the technology world will know the meaning of “killer app”. Some may not so let me give some history. First a definition from that authority of all modern information, Wikipedia:

“A killer application (commonly shortened to killer app), in the jargon of technologists, has been used to refer to any computer program that is so necessary or desirable that it proves the core value of some larger technology, …. A killer app can substantially increase sales of the platform on which it runs.”

The concept isn’t new to software, think about Kleenex, it was the killer app of tissues. It became so ingrained in our culture that it defined the product.

Google is an example. Google is the “killer app” of online searching – we’ve even turned into a verb, if you want something you “google it” to see who is selling it, you “google” definitions, we “google” how to get somewhere. Unfortunately for other online search engines we don’t “bing it” or “yahoo” how to solve a problem with my printer. But if we want an address, phone number, or to see what’s on the menu at some restaurant  someone will undoubtably tell us to “google it”.

So, what is the “killer app” of happiness and productivity?


Understand, if we live in America today we can’t deny the choice and opportunity in front of us.

When it comes to work and our day to day lives, if we don’t love what we are doing, if we don’t love the people we are working with, then why are we doing it? Don’t play victim to our self doubt, or our too big mortgage, or our fear of change, do something different, change. And if we can’t change our situation right away, then change our attitude and take the incremental steps we need to in order to find what we love doing, and who we love doing it with.

Allow me to end with a section from the book Tuesdays With Morrie By Mitch Albom.

Mitch quotes Morrie Schwartz to say:

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

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