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  • 1. November 5th, 2008 [email_address] Evidence Based Interventions
  • 2. Introduction Onno Hamburger, happiness coach Psychologist, senior trainer and happiness coach at Van Harte & Lingsma Developer of Happiness@work trainingprograms, coaching & workshops Founding father of www.geluk.startpagina.nl , & the weblog about happiness in the workplace www.gelukkigwerken.nl
  • 3. Introduction Hein Zegers, happiness researcher University of Leuven Belgium ENPP Representative Researcher on evidence based happiness interventions www.evidencebasedhappiness.com , Researcher on employee well-being at www.iswlimits.be Worldwide qualitative researcher on happiness
  • 4. What is happiness@work?
  • 5. Meaning Satisfaction Pleasure HAPPINESS @work
  • 6. Why Happiness@Work?
  • 7.
    • Happy employees are:
    • More productive
    • More creative & innovative
    • More flexible & open to change
    • More involved & loyal
    • Healthier (less on sick leave)
    • More profitable
  • 8. What makes people happy in their job?
  • 9. Factors people say makes them happier at the workplace
    • In rank order of importance:
    • Friendly, supportive colleagues
    • Enjoyable work
    • Good boss or line manager
    • Good balance Work/Life
    • Varied work
    • Belief that they’re doing something worthwile
    Research by Chiumento, January 2007
  • 10. What is happiness determined by? Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • 11. How can we influence those 40%? Science:
  • 12. The science of Happiness@work Descriptive vs. Experimental research:
  • 13. Experimental Happiness Research Happiness interventions:
  • 14. A new world We know there’s a lot we don’t know
  • 15. What we do know: Evidence Based Interventions RET/ CBT/… Physical movement Strengthen optimism Gratitude Random Acts of kindness Forgiveness Developing & using strengths Flow/ goal setting Mission/ Vision/Visualisations Mindfulness Heart Math
  • 16. What do we need? More …… & and more …
  • 17. Mindhabits
    • Filmpje Paul Potts
  • 18.
    • Filmpje Paul Potts
  • 19.
    • Filmpje Paul Potts
  • 20.
    • Filmpje Paul Potts
  • 21. “ Reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels by 17 percent in people who played the game five minutes a day. ” October 2007, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • 22.  
  • 23. How do you get happier? Positive thinking / Realistic thinking Neo-cortex Emotional Brain Brainstem
  • 24. Few neural pathways from the outer to the inner layers This makes cognitive psychological interventions less effective Source: Ledoux (2003).
  • 25. Many neural pathways from the inner to the outer layers
  • 26. Direct influence emotional brain & brainstem Neocortex Emotional brain Positive feeling Brainstem Adapt way of breathing Source: www.heartmath.org
  • 27. HeartMath
  • 28. Coherence is not correlated to heart rate
  • 29. Summary
    • Happiness@work is important for both employees and organizations
    • Happiness@work is common sense but not common practice
    • Different happiness@work interventions are available (see also hand-out)
    • More research and open mindedness is needed
  • 30. Sources
    • www.h-l.nl/happiness
    • www.gelukkigwerken.nl
    • www.thoughtsonhappiness.nl
    • www.positivesharing.com
    • www.greatplacetowork.com
    • www.heartmathbenelux.com
    • Randstad research into happiness@work: onderzoek geluk
    • What is cortisol? Backgrounds Cortisol
    • Employee Satisfaction is not enough