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People are emotional first, logical second. Business must take this into account at all levels.
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Introduction to Positive Psychology

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Last week we attended Positive Psychology in Application, a combined seminar and workshop that introduced a number of willing attendees to t...

 

The formula: 3 gratitudes, gratitude visits, signature strengths, high-quality connections. 

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Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

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Based at UC Berkeley, Greater Good reports on groundbreaking research into the roots of compassion, happiness, and altruism.

 

Right in my backyard. I just became a member. 

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Officing Today | How to Make Business Center Employees Happier, More Productive

Officing Today | How to Make Business Center Employees Happier, More Productive | Humanist Business | Scoop.it

The latest inspiration to spring from that core value is a “Happiness Journal” program. Ruby Receptionists reports that the program boosted employee happiness and had a positive impact on bottom-line results. Specifically, before the six-week program began, Ruby had a service record of one error reported per 1,000 calls. After the program, Ruby reduced inaccuracies to 1-per-2,500 calls – a 60% improvement in accuracy.

 

Finally, someone's counting.

 

“Having ‘Foster Happiness’ as one of our core values might strike some people as unconventional or maybe even frivolous, but our commitment to happiness has generated serious business results in terms of employee accuracy and productivity,” says Jill Nelson, founder and CEO of Ruby Receptionists.

 

Ruby Receptionists wasn’t just trying to be fun and creative when it launched the Happiness Journal program. It’s actually based on research. Ruby created the program in line with Shawn Achor’s work as a positive psychology researcher at Harvard University and from his book, “The Happiness Advantage.”

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6 things I do to be consistently happy

6 things I do to be consistently happy | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
6 things I do to be consistently happy Now that it’s almost two years since I first had the idea for Buffer, and with the year and a half before that which I worked on my previous startup, I’ve...

 

Another man's formula for happiness. 

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The Well Sleep Quiz

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How does sleep affect health, relationships and well-being? Take this sleep quiz to learn more about the fascinating and sometimes strange world of sleep.

 

The quality of sleep impacts quality of life overall. I only got two of the eight questions on this quiz right. More to learn...

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Google Named Happiest Company in America ... Again

Google Named Happiest Company in America ... Again | Humanist Business | Scoop.it

"For the second time in three years, Google ranks as the happiest place to work, a new study finds."

 

CareerBliss compiled its rankings by getting employee evaluations on 10 key factors that affect happiness: work/life balance, one's relationship with his or her boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and job control over the work performed on a daily basis. The data were then compared from last year's to determine the companies with the greatest gains in employee happiness.

 

These rankings are suspect. CareerBliss uses the study to lure people to its recruiting site. They don't report same size. 

 

Some of the variables are suspect, too. Compensation is not a determinant of happiness once you're over the $75K/year threshhold. 

 

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12 Choices Your Future Self Will Thank You For

12 Choices Your Future Self Will Thank You For | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living...

 

My goal as a curator of knowledge and news about happiness and well-being is to provide more signal/less noise. Discrimination can be tough; barriers to entry to writing about happiness are nil. Lots of promoters have their 5 Rules or 10 Maxims or some other magic formula. 

 

My focus is Well-being in Business. This article offers a dozen pieces of sound advice. 

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Lottery winners and accident victims: is ... [J Pers Soc Psychol. 1978] - PubMed - NCBI

Winning the lottery will not make you happier in the long run; paralysis won't make you less happy. It's not what happens that matters, it's how you think about it. 

 

PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

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Harvard Man Offers Measured Approach to Evaluating Life | The Jakarta Globe

Clayton Christsen gots for long term satisfaction instead of magic formulas.

 

Evaluating a person’s well-being using financial and material measures might be expected from a professor at Harvard Business School. After all, isn’t it true that businessmen must be hard-nosed analysts concerned with profits and the bottom line?

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Does Happiness Cost $75,000 a Year?

Does Happiness Cost $75,000 a Year? | Humanist Business | Scoop.it

Money can't buy me happiness.

 

According to a new study an annual income of $75,000 is required to achieve happiness.

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Five tips for National Relaxation Day

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A Harvard study of 250,000 people found that they spent almost 50% of their waking time thinking about something other than they were doing. What’s more, they found that the people who were most distracted were more likely to report feelings of unhappiness. Much of our thinking promotes unhappiness.

 

Actually, I think our thinking leads to both happiness and unhapiness. Those emotions are all in your head, folks. 

 

Accomplishments are a component of well-being. People who have their eye on the ball less than 50% of the time don't accomplish that muchl Might that not be the cause of their unhappiness?

 

In our fast-paced world it seems everyone's stressed, hassled, and exhausted, so it's a good thing that August 15, 2012 has been declared National Relaxation Da...

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About - SuperBetter

Jay, This is a resilience focused game-like activity developed by Jane McGonigal et. al. It seems to have a lot of merit in terms of the science behind it.

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The Secret To Happiness In Midlife

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You really can get by with a little help from your friends.

 

You really can get by with a little help from your friends. A new study of 6,500 Britons found that at age 50, having regular interactions with a wide circle of friends has a significant impact on psychological well-being, and is especially important to the happiness of women.

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How to Be Happy: The Fine Print

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Positive psychology has identified ways people can increase their happiness. But what happiness habits are right for you?

 

Sonja Lyubomirsky and The How of Happiness. Sonja's one of the luminaries in the field. I ordered her book from Amazon only last night. 

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Quiz: How Happy Are You?: Scientific American

Quiz: How Happy Are You?: Scientific American | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Answer these 11 simple questions to compare your score with worldwide data...

 

Happiness Quiz. Vetted by Ed Diener, so not just happy talk. Turns out I am over the top happy.

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Bill Clinton embraces Buddhist meditation

Bill Clinton embraces Buddhist meditation | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Former president is taking private classes from a Buddhist monk to better relax his mind and body.
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FRB: Speech--Bernanke, The Economics of Happiness--May 8, 2010

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington DC.

 

Ben Bernanke's speech on The Economics of Happiness. Good to hear the head of the fed say there's more to life than money. Too bad he doesn't articulate what to do about it. 

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Is happiness within reach for us all?

Is happiness within reach for us all? | Humanist Business | Scoop.it

I'm discovering that there are two different approaches to happiness research and reporting. There's a school that addresses individual happiness. "Do you have love in your life?" 

 

Another genre looks at aggregate happiness. Some deal with happiness in companies; others tackle the Gross National Happiness of an entire country. The UK, the US, and many others are delving into this right now. 

 

Neither approach tells the whole story: it takes both. There is a lot more reserach on how the individual can be made happy. Lots of the nation-level research devolves into statistics. 

 

Welcome to the burgeoning happiness craze.

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The Bamboo Project : Learning from Experience: Jay Cross Discusses His "New Muse"

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Jay Cross, one of my favorite learning experts, announced on his blog last week that he has a "new muse": For the better part of forty years, my work has focused on adult learning. I’ve strived to make learning at...
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The Top 10 Happiness Experts of All Time | Mind Control World

The Top 10 Happiness Experts of All Time | Mind Control World | Humanist Business | Scoop.it

I was looking for something like this when bingo! a recommendation engine sent me the link to this article.

 

These 10 names stand out because of their knowledge about happiness grounded in years of scientific research.

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How to Keep Happiness From Fading - Forbes

How to Keep Happiness From Fading - Forbes | Humanist Business | Scoop.it

Variety and appreciation help alleviate habituation to things that make you happy.

 

I was going to post on something like this today but I'll just leave a reminder to do so here. 2011 was a very active, fun-filled year for me. I didn't want to let go of memories of the Orient Express, the fancy hotel in Florence, wandering around in Paris, visiting Chicago, Big Sur, the Pebble Beach Concourse, Venice, MOMA, Krakow, Palm Springs, Overlap, my N-guage model train, the Picasso show in Seattle, outrageously good meals, and much more. So I tagged 100 memorable photos on Flickr and downloaded them to an iFrame in my office. I smile as I walk buy and see another great experience popping up. 

 

(Photo credit: Wikipedia) No matter how miserable you are feeling at the moment, if you look back, there have surely been events in your life that have made you happy.  Maybe the time you bought your first car, or the time you received that long-desired...

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Building Character Strengths – The Road to Wellbeing? | Brain Blogger

Building Character Strengths – The Road to Wellbeing? | Brain Blogger | Humanist Business | Scoop.it

The 24 character strengths are divided into temperance strengths, defined as the ability to control one’s behavior and attain goals (e.g. prudence, perseverance), intellectual or cognitive strengths that are related to an interest and enthusiasm for learning (e.g. curiosity, open-mindedness), transcendence strengths that are future and other-oriented (e.g. hope, love), and other-directed strengths which primarily foster good relationships within a community (e.g. kindness, teamwork).

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Letters: Route to happiness involves private pursuit

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Subjective surveys can't adequately measure well-being of a country.

 

Happiness and well-being are not the same thing, but I want to investigate why a country would be high on one and low on the other. 

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Internet Time Blog : Well-being and corporate learning

Internet Time Blog : Well-being and corporate learning | Humanist Business | Scoop.it

Presentation to the Learning and Skills Group, London 

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