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How to Whistle While You Work

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I like being happy. I like it so much that I’ve made more than a few difficult career decisions in order to avoid things that make me unhappy — things like working with people who treat me badly, long days trotting after carrots that always seem to hang just out of reach, and countless hours on planes, trains, and buses. Each “I would prefer not to” came at a professional and financial cost. But, hey, I figured, I’ve only got one life.

So you can imagine the dismay I felt upon reading The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success (Harper One, 2016), by Emma Seppälä. In it, Seppälä, the science director of Stanford School of Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, argues that the pursuit of happiness is actually a key to achieving professional success — not an obstacle to it.

Unlike much of the literature about happiness at work, The Happiness Track doesn’t approach its subject from an organizational perspective. There are no free lunches on offer. Instead, Seppälä focuses on six personal “strategies for attaining happiness and fulfillment [that] may, in fact, be the key to thriving professionally.” If you’re familiar with the discipline of Positive Psychology, it’s likely that you’ll have run across these ideas before: be in the moment; nurture your resilience; manage your energy; access your creativity; be good to yourself; be compassionate.


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In The Happiness Track, Emma Seppälä describes six strategies that will make you happier and more successful at work.

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Maggie Lawlor's curator insight, March 8, 2016 8:17 PM

In The Happiness Track, Emma Seppälä describes six strategies that will make you happier and more successful at work.

Dodd Carmichael's curator insight, March 9, 2016 9:22 AM

In The Happiness Track, Emma Seppälä describes six strategies that will make you happier and more successful at work.

rianne krielaart's curator insight, March 11, 2016 6:59 AM

In The Happiness Track, Emma Seppälä describes six strategies that will make you happier and more successful at work.

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Heinz® Ketchup to Launch Campaign Asking Fans to Share Their Happiness | Business Wire

Heinz® Ketchup to Launch Campaign Asking Fans to Share Their Happiness | Business Wire | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
Heinz Ketchup Fans to Share Their Happiness

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Sylvain Leroux's curator insight, December 24, 2014 5:17 AM

After Coca-cola, Heinz try to spread happiness.

Rui Zuzarte's curator insight, February 2, 2015 7:11 AM

Content created by your brand fans :)

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9 Powerful Ways Gratitude Can Change Your Life

9 Powerful Ways Gratitude Can Change Your Life | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it

Although a lot of people are reminded to be thankful on Thanksgiving, gratitude shouldn't be reserved for special occasions. Showing just a little appreciation for what you have could greatly improve your life year-round. Here are nine powerful ways gratitude can change your life:


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 29, 2015 4:52 PM

Not only will gratitude affect the quality of your life, it may also change the length of it.

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The Pursuit of Happiness in the Workplace

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Forget spreadsheets, swot analysis and risk management, the latest topic on the business school agenda is happiness.

 

Those academics who research the topic prefer to classify it a bit differently, however. “Meaning” is the term used by Lee Newman, dean of innovation and behaviour at IE Business School in Spain. At Michigan Ross in the US, Jane Dutton, university professor of business administration and psychology, says it is about “human flourishing”. Christie Scollon at Singapore Management University describes it as “subjective wellbeing”.



But however they describe it, they all agree that happiness makes good business sense. Moreover, employers and policy makers need to consider the happiness factor if they are to promote strong economies and profitable companies.


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Suchitra Mishra's curator insight, August 18, 2013 5:50 AM

happiness makes good business sense