Some firms say they care about the well-being and ‘happiness’ of their employees. But are such claims hype, or scientific good sense? This study provides the first evidence, for a classic piece-rate setting, that happiness makes people more productive. In three different styles of experiment, randomly selected individuals are made happier. The treated individuals have 10-12% greater productivity. A final experiment examines major real-world shocks (bereavement and family illness). Lower happiness is associated with lower productivity. These complementary forms of evidence, with different strengths and weaknesses, are consistent with the claim that there is a causal link between well-being and human performance.
I'm not saying forget about whatever it is that is bothering you. Those chapters in our lives shape us. What you can do though, is come at peace with these times. Accept them. Honor them. And move forward.
Participants in an 8 week mindfulness meditation class experienced structural brain changes including increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness,...
Three of my favorite short mindfulness practices, all spelled out to start applying today.
When it comes to mindfulness, there are a number of great short practices that help us be more present to our lives. In this post I’m going to reveal three key mindfulness practices that can help us pause, break out of auto-pilot, step into emotional freedom and even open up to a source of connection that is ultimately healing to ourselves and the world. Plus, I’ll reveal a new practice that people are starting to love.
It goes without saying that sharing a joke or a funny experience ramps up a bond between people like almost nothing else. So try making it a goal not just to show up and "be social" but to share moments with people that make you laugh.