The serious business    of happiness
Happiness at work•   10-40% productivity•   1.5 days vs 5 days off sick•   180% more energy•   108% more engaged•   50% mo...
The Milwaukee           nuns90% of happy nuns still alive at age 85Only 33% of grumpy nuns still alive at age 85
Happiness & cardiovascular         disease        Professor Kubzansky, (Harvard 2007)
Impact of positive and negative                        eventsHappiness 2 years  later              Lottery win            ...
Happiness comparison   Very  Happy  Average  Very UnhappyOverestimate impact of positive and negative                 events
Why things are not so bad                       after all…•   Immune system, constructive adaptation•   Survive = adapt to...
The hedonistic treadmill•   Law of diminishing returns•   Mind plays tricks, I will be happy when…•   Broken formula for h...
Income and happiness1950’s                 Now
Explanatory style        Pessimist                          OptimistWhen something goes wrong:        When something goes ...
We can learn•   Learn a positive explanatory style•   Benefits:    - positive/happy/optimistic    - bounce back from diffi...
2. Connect with others•   Happy people have stronger social    networks•   When life gets tough…    Isolate vs. connect•  ...
Power of happy talk• Broaden and build research  Fredrickson (2009)• Happy teams, marriages, relationships  - 3:1 ratio po...
3. Focus your mind• Research (Babuak 2000)  - Brain not designed for multitasking  - Overwhelmed by tasks & info  - Stress...
4. Move your body•   Release of dopamine = happier•   Reducecortisol = less stress•   Healthy = prevents illness•   We sit...
What can business                  do more of?• Provide critical pre-conditions• Equip managers and leaders  - Positive fe...
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  • Happiness, research,

    1. 1. The serious business of happiness
    2. 2. Happiness at work• 10-40% productivity• 1.5 days vs 5 days off sick• 180% more energy• 108% more engaged• 50% more motivated (Pryce-Jones, 2010)• Doctors faster by 20%• Sales by 33% (Achor 2007)
    3. 3. The Milwaukee nuns90% of happy nuns still alive at age 85Only 33% of grumpy nuns still alive at age 85
    4. 4. Happiness & cardiovascular disease Professor Kubzansky, (Harvard 2007)
    5. 5. Impact of positive and negative eventsHappiness 2 years later Lottery win Paraplegic (Dan Gilbert, 2010, Harvard)
    6. 6. Happiness comparison Very Happy Average Very UnhappyOverestimate impact of positive and negative events
    7. 7. Why things are not so bad after all…• Immune system, constructive adaptation• Survive = adapt to circumstances• Long-term happiness less affected• Monet experiment
    8. 8. The hedonistic treadmill• Law of diminishing returns• Mind plays tricks, I will be happy when…• Broken formula for happiness• Wanting – quick enjoy – more wanting• No positive impact on happiness
    9. 9. Income and happiness1950’s Now
    10. 10. Explanatory style Pessimist OptimistWhen something goes wrong: When something goes wrong:They usually do – because I It’s a one off, nothing I could do about itmake mistakes, I’m an unluckyperson When something goes well:When something goes well: Things usually work out wellProbably a one off – not me, it – I’m good at…was circumstances
    11. 11. We can learn• Learn a positive explanatory style• Benefits: - positive/happy/optimistic - bounce back from difficult times - more persistent – pursue problem solving longer - ideas, innovation• Business research: - most happy and optimistic sold 50% more Resilience
    12. 12. 2. Connect with others• Happy people have stronger social networks• When life gets tough… Isolate vs. connect• Shared purpose, meaning• Giving (Anik, Norton & Dunn, 2009, Harvard)
    13. 13. Power of happy talk• Broaden and build research Fredrickson (2009)• Happy teams, marriages, relationships - 3:1 ratio positive expression - builds long-term resilience
    14. 14. 3. Focus your mind• Research (Babuak 2000) - Brain not designed for multitasking - Overwhelmed by tasks & info - Stress• Research (Bweck 2006) - Mindfulness - Create clarity & focus - Turn on happiness & empathy centre - Turn off ego, fear & pain centre
    15. 15. 4. Move your body• Release of dopamine = happier• Reducecortisol = less stress• Healthy = prevents illness• We sit too much!!!• Not just working out – energising• Left/right brain (creative, intuitive)• Activate body and wake up brain
    16. 16. What can business do more of?• Provide critical pre-conditions• Equip managers and leaders - Positive feedback most important (good relationships) - Shared purpose (meaning) - Using strengths - Greater sense of control - FiveA leading high performance

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