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Ultra-Rich Spend More on Vacations, Less on Bling

Ultra-Rich Spend More on Vacations, Less on Bling | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
A new study of people worth $25 million or more shows that they spend more on vacations and home renovations than jewelry or clothing.

 

Smart rich folks. Experiences are more memorable than things. 

 

I know it's true for me. I have an electronic picture frame in my office. The slide show is photos of exotic places I've been and fun times with colleagues. 

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Psychology loses academic clout as therapists turn substitute friends

Psychology loses academic clout as therapists turn substitute friends | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Psychology loses academic clout as therapists turn substitute friends...

 

"Economists are also fond of measuring wellbeing. But the very idea that we can rely on a subjective measurement of how we feel at a random point is a new one. And it's the result of a trend over several decades."


"In the history of happiness as an idea, the main tension has been between thinkers who hold a life must meet some objective standard to be considered happy, and those who hold that happiness is merely the subjective state of being pleased with one's life."

 

Inconclusive article on measuring happiness. 

 

One puzzling aspect of the research is that no one seems to measure both happiness and well-being. It's always either/or. 

 

Marty Seligman makes a big point of separating the momentary, smile-on-your face happiness from the glow of well-being on has when reflecting on life. Daniel Kahneman says the remembered self is a different animal than the here-and-now self. 

 

Sonia Lyubomirsky treats happiness and well-being as if they are one and the same thing. So does Gallup, from what I've read thus far. 

 

I'm gong to be on the lookout for research that links the two states together. 

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Web Seminar: Chip Conley on Employee Happiness and Success at Work

Web Seminar: Chip Conley on Employee Happiness and Success at Work | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Chip Conley explores the emotions that affect our productivity at work and some mathematical formulas that can help us control them.

 

Six Emotional Equations You Can Harness at Work

Recently, Rypple hosted a Leadership Series web seminar with Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and the author of The New York Times best seller,“Emotional Equations.” VIdeo available

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The Dalai Lama on the Pursuit of Happiness: “You didn’t Build it.”

The Dalai Lama on the Pursuit of Happiness: “You didn’t Build it.” | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
The Dalai Lama on the Pursuit of Happiness: You didn't Build it.

 

I'm enrolling in classes at the newly opened Dharma College in Berkeley. The Buddhists have been better at figuring out happiness than the West. I'll see what I can learn from them. 

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Positive Psychology Masterclass: Part 1 & Part 2 | Positive Psychology Training

Positive Psychology Masterclass: Part 1 & Part 2 | Positive Psychology Training | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
A series of 2-day workshops in the science of happiness, strengths and well-being which is suitable for personal development and for practitioners wanting to...

 

Positive psychology master class

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10 Psychological Keys to Job Satisfaction — PsyBlog

10 Psychological Keys to Job Satisfaction — PsyBlog | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Do you get a pleasant satisfied feeling after a hard day at work?

 

1. Little hassles

If you ask doctors what is the worst part of their jobs, what do you think they say? Carrying out difficult, painful procedures? Telling people they've only got months to live? No, it's something that might seem much less stressful: administration.

 

We tend to downplay day-to-day irritations, thinking we've got bigger fish to fry. But actually people's job satisfaction is surprisingly sensitive to daily hassles. It might not seem like much but when it happens almost every day and it's beyond our control, it hits job satisfaction hard.

 

This category is one of the easiest wins for boosting employee satisfaction. Managers should find out about those little daily hassles and address them—your employees will love you for it.

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Tal Ben Shahar : Positive psychology

Tal Ben Shahar is a teacher and writer in the areas of positive psychology and leadership. Discover his philosophy. -- Want to join our community and hear mo...
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The Ten Happiest Jobs - Forbes

The Ten Happiest Jobs - Forbes | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
The list of the Ten Happiest Jobs includes some surprises...

 

Jobs htat make you feel worthwhile (Not makreting)

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The Science of Happiness | Harvard Magazine Jan-Feb 2007

The Science of Happiness | Harvard Magazine Jan-Feb 2007 | Humanist Business | Scoop.it

Great round-up article on happiness research at Harvard. Gilbert, Langer, Ben-Shahar.   

 

*****

 

If you've only got time to read one or two things, make this one of them. 

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The Happiness of Pursuit: What Science and Philosophy Can Teach Us About the Holy Grail of Existence

The Happiness of Pursuit: What Science and Philosophy Can Teach Us About the Holy Grail of Existence | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
"When fishing for happiness, catch and release." The secret of happiness is arguably humanity's longest-standing fixation, and its mechan...

 

The Happiness of Pursuit. The journey is the reward. 

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9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money

9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money | Humanist Business | Scoop.it

Don't show 'em the money (even if you have it). Here are nine better ways to boost morale.

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Workplace Wellbeing » Wellbeing Solutions

Workplace Wellbeing » Wellbeing Solutions | Humanist Business | Scoop.it

Ad for a workshop on Wellbeing

 

Congratulations for considering a wellbeing program. The research shows that wellbeing programs MORE than pay for themselves. Consider the problems of an unwell workplace:

60% of absenteeism is attributable to stress. 3
35% of cardiovascular disease in men and one third of depression in women can be attributed to job stress. 5
Direct cost of workplace injury and disease is over $7 billion/year. Indirect costs are much higher5
People in poor health perform worse at work. 9
One in five employees are unhappy at work, under engaged and focused on seeking more pay. 4
1 in 10 workers are affected on the job by anxiety, depression and stress.
40% of job turnover is due to stress and it costs 50-150% of an employee’s salary to replace them
BUT the benefits of wellbeing programs are many:

Wellbeing programs increase staff engagement and organisations with high staff engagement enjoy a 20% return with -10% for low staff engagement [4].
Healthy work programs generate medical savings of about $3.27 and absenteeism-related savings of about $2.73 for every dollar invested. 7 That is a 3:1 return.
Another estimate is that wellbeing programs return up 15 times what you invest in them.
Healthy employees are three times more productive than unhealthy employees. 8
Happy workers place less emphasis on pay4 and spend TWICE as much time doing work-related activities than unhappy employees.
There’s no doubt about the why – so let us help you with the how. At workplace wellbeing we go further, improving not just health of your staff but the health of your organisation. All our programs are designed with the twin aims of wellbeing and productivity – helping you achieve your KPIs and improve your balance-sheet. That’s why we call it a Welltivity™ – wellbeing programs that boost productivity.

 

I wonder how they're doing. 

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Internet Time Blog : Thoughts on well-being in the workplace

Internet Time Blog : Thoughts on well-being in the workplace | Humanist Business | Scoop.it

Wrap-up of thoughts about happiness in the workplace this week. 

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Is The Pursuit Of Happiness A Bunch Of Bullshit? www.galadarling.com

Is The Pursuit Of Happiness A Bunch Of Bullshit? www.galadarling.com | Humanist Business | Scoop.it

 

"It’s easy to dilly-dally around the periphery, thinking that if you do a bunch of little things, like making your bed every morning, they will eventually add up to happiness with a capital H. It’s tempting to think that we can do these things instead of doing the real work, but this is procrastination at best. We all have to sort out our shit!

 

Trust: It’s not fun to work on your issues. No one enjoys it. It’s not what any of us would do if we were given the choice. But it is an essential part of growth & self-actualisation.

 

If you’re unhappy, don’t just choke it down. Use it as an opportunity to uncover the real reasons behind your distress. The truth is that you probably know what’s missing or not working, you just may not want to admit it to yourself. Or perhaps you’re not ready to do anything about it yet.

 

When you are ready to work on it, your life will explode outwards like a blossom.

 

Seeking happiness is about taking, but seeking purpose is about giving. Sure, you smile when you cash a cheque, but you feel contentment all the way down to your toes when you help someone else. That’s what it’s all about — for me, at least."

 

The author of the self-love project says happiness is an outcome of pursuing adventure, challenge, and self-love. She says you cannot go for happiness directly. It's similar to corporate profits: they're an outcome of other things. A mission statement that says "We'll pursue profits" is meaningless.

 

"In some ways, the more we concentrate on “trying to be happy”, the further away it seems. When you obsess over the fact that you don’t have it yet, it makes the gap feel even bigger."

 

"Sometimes that makes us feel guilty for not feeling happy. The truth is that we’re designed to feel a massive range of emotions, & they can all teach us something. When we deny the reality of how we feel, we lose an opportunity to learn or grow."

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Happiness is key to looking beautiful, says Julia Roberts - The Times of India

Happiness is key to looking beautiful, says Julia Roberts - The Times of India | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Julia Roberts believes that being happy and content in your life is the key to looking good because it improves everything about you.

 

This is a weird one. The Time of India picked up the story from Hello!, which is the UK's version of the National Enquirer. 

 

The article begs the question. Will happiness make you look like a movie star or is in the gluten-free diet? 

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» How to Kick that Bad Habit and Step into Happiness - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» How to Kick that Bad Habit and Step into Happiness - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
One day while I was taking a walk I learned a valuable lesson about kicking bad habits and stepping into happiness...

 

Breaking a habit provided an opportunity to pat yourself on the pack for doing something positive about leading a better life. 

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Find joy in the moment - as your dog does

Find joy in the moment - as your dog does | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
PAULO Coelho said "A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires."...

 

Live like your dog.

 

Dogs live life fully whether chasing a ball, going for a walk or sleeping. They do the best they can with what they have in every moment. We spend most of our lives chasing happiness. If we get bored at our job or with our relationship, we go find something new to keep us entertained . . . until we become uninspired with that as well. But give a dog a bone and he will chew that bone until he is tired. The next day he will go back and gnaw on that bone again; even if there is barely anything left he'll give that bone his best effort until it's all gone. We humans talk a big talk: affirming that we want to live our lives fully, yet have no idea how to do it. We think acquiring more stuff, bigger homes, faster cars will show we're living a full life. Instead, observe your dog in action as it gives its best effort in every thing it does, big or small. This simple act will inspire you to master the lesson of truly living life fully.

 

 

Our dog wakes up happy, tail wagging, enthuiastic. She squirms on her back in ecstacy. I'd trade places with flirt in a heartbeat.

 

 

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Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live -- and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being?
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Positively humming: creating a productive workplace

Positively humming: creating a productive workplace | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Positively humming: creating a productive workplace...

 

Be a 'broker of learning'
Under this new structure, leaders need to move from being 'a boss' to being 'a broker of learning', McWilliam says.


“That means that the chief job of the workplace leader is to know what's going on in your organisation. Think of it as a horizontal, fluid network where the leader has the big picture and is a key node in the flow of information,” she says.


“It's about supporting and directing, rather than commanding and controlling. You've got to maintain a disposition to be constantly curious and learning.”


A workplace that sets up a culture of learning means staff are on their toes, engaged and excited by their work, and a business leader should know what their employees are interested in learning both at work and beyond, McWilliam says.


“That's when you get an environment where you get much more learning going on and much more productivity.”

 

 

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Why the Workplace Needs Positive Psychology

Why the Workplace Needs Positive Psychology | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
For a company to succeed, employees need to be creative, proactive, and driven to do good work. Employees need to be effective in their collaborations, efficient in their production, and feel valuable to the company as contributors to its bottom line. Odds are, many who read that description wish it were true for their companies. There are ways based on research in positive psychology for companies to get there. Here are some of the focus areas to consider:

 

Group Success

Good work: Doing high-quality, socially responsible, and meaningful work.

 

Personnel selection: Choosing the right people.

Enabling engagement: Promoting optimal experiences, self-efficacy, and job-person fit.

 

Mentoring: Growing your own talent.

Team performance: Fostering teamwork, rather than an association of individuals.

 

Creativity and innovation: Finding ways to produce more creative works.


With increasing demands in the workplace and a greater need for knowledge-based work, innovation, and creativity, organizations need to find ways to enable their employees to do and be their best. Because of positive psychology’s focus on flourishing, and its transform-good-into-great angle, it is relevant to any conversation on the factors that contribute to solid organizational performance, and will become an essential contributor to success in the business world. Positive psychology can show those in management roles how to use and develop human capital. It can also guide organizational policy and enable workers to make their best contributions. Positive psychology has been, and will continue to be, a boon to the workplace.

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Orin Davis, docteur en Psychologie positive présente le cas d'un centre d'appel dans lequel, le manager à décidé de laisser les employés travailler de la façon qu'ils souhaitent menant ainsi à un fort épanouissement professionnel.
L'auteur choisit de mettre l'accent sur ce style de leadership épanouissant dans lequel les employés sont encouragés à partager leurs astuces entre eux et à développer leurs compétences.

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30 Traits Happy People Have in Common

30 Traits Happy People Have in Common | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living...

 

Bottom line: You can be happy – you can choose happiness. And you don’t even need to develop all 30 of these traits to get there. Start with one of them that you know you struggle with. Work on just that one point until you have it mastered, and then move on to another one. Gradually, you’ll discover yourself becoming a better version of YOU – and that by itself is something worth smiling about.

 

A better list of how to get your jollies than most.

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Be more mindful for a better workplace

Be more mindful for a better workplace | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Can you be a success in the world of business and still be mindful? What exactly does it mean to be "mindful" anyway?

 

Can you be a success in the world of business and still be mindful? What exactly does it mean to be "mindful" anyway? According to Mirabai Bush, one of the creators of a mindfulness course developed for Google employees called "Search Inside Yourself," you will be more productive and motivated if you use respect, compassion and generosity in the workplace.

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10 Things You Must Give Up to Move Forward

10 Things You Must Give Up to Move Forward | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living...

 

The life hackers again, this time with advice on what 10 things NOT to do.

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Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life | Video on TED.com

You might find this of interest...  Game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter.

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