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Meaning and the Mind

Meaning and the Mind

I must admit that I never used to wait on pins and needles for previous revisions to the Big Book of Maladies (aka Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) the way I have been anxiously waiting for this one. Perhaps it's because I'm writing an abnormal...

How to Break Through the Digital Noise

How to Break Through the Digital Noise

If you want to know how dramatically brand marketing has changed in the digital world, consider the humble Ziploc bag. It used to be that such mundane products were only the fodder of advertising inserts in the Sunday newspaper. But if you search for “Ziploc bags” on...

The Business Value Of Mindfulness

The Business Value Of Mindfulness

No reasonable person doubts that basic literacy is a fundamental business skill. After all, you won’t get far if you can’t read and write. So too with basic social and communication skills. But mindfulness? Is mindfulness—a practiced nonjudgmental in-the-moment...

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Positive Intelligence

by: Shawn Achor FROM THE JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2012 ISSUE In July 2010 Burt’s Bees, a personal-care products company, was undergoing enormous change as it began a global expansion into 19 new countries. In this kind of high-pressure situation, many leaders pester their...

Why Employee Engagement Is The Secret To Workplace Happiness

Would you say that your employees are happy? Probably. Would your employees say that they are happy? That may be tougher to judge. In honor of August being “National Happiness Month,” we’re taking a look at what workplace “happiness” is, how to measure it, and the...

It Really Pays to Have a Rich Company Culture

"Culture" has been a buzzword in the corporate world for several years, but what does it mean and why is it important? Entrepreneur.com defines company culture as “a blend of the values, beliefs, taboos, symbols, rituals and myths all companies develop over time.” In...

Why Ambition Could Make You Rich, But Not Happy

By Tim Hume, for CNN Admired in some people, reviled in others -- there are few character traits as confoundingly double-edged as ambition. Generally accepted as a prerequisite for success, it is nonetheless just as widely viewed as a dirty word. So is it a virtue, or...

Lose Your Job, Find Yourself: Why Redundancy Might Not Be So Bad

Lose Your Job, Find Yourself: Why Redundancy Might Not Be So Bad

By Tim Hume, for CNN There's no question that losing your job can be a jolting experience, as anyone who has had the misfortune of being laid off in recent years can attest. But what if that jolt could be a positive experience? That's the suggestion to come out of...

Is happiness the secret of success?

Is happiness the secret of success?

By Shawn Achor, Special to CNN Scientifically, can happiness be an advantage? Some people think if you are happy, you are blind to reality. But when we research it, happiness actually raises every single business and educational outcome for the brain. How did we miss...

Happiness is the Key to Success

Happiness is the Key to Success

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." Albert Schweitzer. As yourself the following questions: Would having more money make you happier or, would being happier make you more...

The Science and Psychology Behind Happiness

By Sarah Gehrke Happiness has been a subject of curiosity for many centuries, beginning with ancient Greek philosophy, through post-Enlightenment Western-European ethical philosophy (principally Utilitarianism), to existing quality of life and welfare study in...

Happiness Is Being Socially Connected

Happiness Is Being Socially Connected

Network, network, network. Adults in the business world certainly know how important it is to stay connected to their colleagues and peers if they are to have successful careers, but did you know that the number and strength of our social connections are also very...

What Technology Can’t Change About Happiness

As pills and gadgets proliferate, what matters is still social connection. BY ADAM PIORE ILLUSTRATION BY NAFTALI BEDER SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 In 2014, researchers at the University of Warwick in England announced they had found a strong association between a gene mutation...

Want to Be Happy? Make Your Relationships Exceptional

New data from our Science of Happiness course confirm the link between well-being and relationship quality. BY EMILIANA R. SIMON-THOMAS | NOVEMBER 9, 2015 Print Bookmark How do you think a friend would rate the quality of your relationship with her? How would she...

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The top line: People who have one or more close friendships appear to be happier. The sharing of personal feelings (self-disclosure) plays a major role in the relief of stress and depression. Listening carefully and responding in encouraging ways (Active-Constructive...

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