A majority of Americans say they're stressed at work. And it's clear the burden of stress has negative effects on health, including an increase in heart disease, liver disease and gastrointestinal problems.
Work should be
We believe work should be life-enriching.
The Wellbeing At Work research team explores the exciting and groundbreaking topic of what makes work engaging and impactful. The majority of people work for 40 years or more. Yet, little is known about how our work lives evolve over time.
Our research surfaces from a multidimensional understanding of the conditions that foster, or impede, positive work experiences, and the ability to be content, and flourish, in the short term, and over our lifetimes.
Flourishment: Seeing the Embarrassment of Riches
In thinking about how persons flourish in various “service vocations,” I have often mused on our tendency to be overly serious and self-critical. It was fifty years ago this past summer, 1966, that I was ordained as a clergy person in the United Methodist Church. Along the way there was graduate study in the social sciences and teaching in university and theological seminary settings. It has been to my benefit to act as what anthropologists call a “participant observer.” As such an “insider” I am aware of what can be learned by our professional foibles and “mistakes.” In fact, being embarrassed is a way to capture what might be called a “liminal” or “view from the margins of normality” to better understand both the limits and joys of one’s calling. Let me share some narrative that can help with what I am suggesting.…
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The Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development, and places special emphasis to projects that benefit young people and promote leadership education and financial self-sufficiency in the nonprofit, charitable sector.
The John Templeton Foundation supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. It seeks to encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.