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Happiness Inc.

Author: Elizabeth Weil

According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, you have a happiness set point. It’s partly encoded in your genes. If something good happens, your sense of happiness rises; if something bad happens, it falls.

But either way, before too long, your mood will creep back to its set point because of a really powerful and perverse phenomenon referred to in science as “hedonic adaptation.” You know, people get used to things. 

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The Six Essentials of Workplace Positivity

Author: Elizabeth F. Cabrera

Research shows that the more positive emotions people experience, the more successful they are. Positive employees make better decisions, are more creative, more productive, more resilient and have better interpersonal skills. Companies can, therefore, gain a competitive advantage by creating positive work environments.

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Positive Psychology in the Workplace: Thank God it’s Monday

Author: B. Desmond

We all want work to be a positive and engaging experience. Who doesn’t dream of waking up on a Monday excited to go to work?

Positive Psychology has shown how positive emotions are linked with numerous benefits including improved health, wellbeing, longevity, and a greater quality of life. On the flip side anger, anxiety, depression, and worry are related to poor health outcomes.…

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How to Bring Mindfulness to Your Company’s Leadership

Author: Megan Reitz and Michael Chaskalson

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Mindfulness is the height of fashion in leadership development circles. At a recent conference in the field, we saw a missionary-type fervor among some trainers who claimed that mindfulness could fix every ill in the organizational world. It’s easy to succumb to enthusiastic hyperbole; one HR director we spoke to was characteristically delighted to be introducing a two-hour workshop to her board of directors to help them become more resilient, more focused, and more open to challenge.…

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Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure

Author: Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan

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As constant travelers and parents of a 2-year-old, we sometimes fantasize about how much work we can do when one of us gets on a plane, undistracted by phones, friends, and Finding Nemo. We race to get all our ground work done: packing, going through TSA, doing a last-minute work call, calling each other, then boarding the plane. Then, when we try to have that amazing work session in flight, we get nothing done. Even worse, after refreshing our email or reading the same studies over and over, we are too exhausted when we land to soldier on with the emails that have inevitably still piled up.…

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A Crisis of Anxiety Among Aid Workers

Author: Rosalie Hughes

An idyllic Mediterranean beach in Tunisia is not usually a place of high anxiety, but that’s where I spent the worst day of my life. I hadn’t slept in three nights and called in sick to work because I could no longer think. I felt I was losing my mind and spent the day as a zombie on the beach, feeling empty and alone on the sand.

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