About the Project

Welcome to the Well-Being at Work research project. This research was born out of the conviction that work should be a meaningful, life-enriching experience for everyone. We are pursuing a rigorous program of scientific research that is designed to explore what makes work a positive, happy, enlivening experience, versus what makes work a negative, discouraging, life-depleting experience. We will explore the conditions that foster or impede these positive work experiences, and we will offer insights into how our research might be put into practice. We also hope to build a community of people who are interested in learning more about well-being at work, so we invite you to join our ongoing journey of discovery.

Notre Dame Well-Being Study

Alumni and friends who are interested in participating in our study, please register here. Thanks so much for your interest! We look forward to working with you.


Copies of Matt's presentation slides

The Word on Well-Being

TV, video games, and kids:

Once again, researchers have studied the effects of video games and television watching on the well-being of children. These researchers used data from 3,600 children from across Europe that had been collected as part of a study on childhood obesity. The results are subtle and mixed. The researchers tried hard to account for other factors that […] Click here to read more.

11 April 2014, 4:25 pm   

Help a man, make him feel bad?:

Researchers recently explored what happens when we offer to help someone, but in a way that runs counter to social norms. In this study, male researchers waited near the entrances to university buildings, watching for men and women approaching. When a man or woman approached the door, sometimes the researcher went through a door adjacent to […] Click here to read more.

17 February 2014, 11:26 am   

Read great fiction to build emotional intelligence:

Many of us read for pleasure, and recent research suggests that what we read might impact our capacities for empathy &  social perception which are important components of emotional intelligence. Researchers at The New School for Social Research studied individuals 18 to 75 . They had some of these people read excerpts from award-winning literature, others read popular fiction […] Click here to read more.

4 October 2013, 11:32 am   

Recent Well-Being Publications