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I’ve worked in a lot of high-achieving environments: Yale, Stanford, Silicon Valley, New York City. I noticed too many people pursuing “success” at a cost to themselves. They were postponing their happiness now in pursuit of success…with the idea that, when they attain success, they will be happy. Yet they were burning out themselves (and oth…Read More
It’s 2pm, you’re feeling that afternoon slump and can’t seem to be able to concentrate on work. Or you’ve worked a long week and just can’t seem to muster up the stamina to perform at your best. You feel tired, unmotivated and unproductive. Most of us have these kinds of experiences at some point. Yet the only way that we hear about to ‘boost our e…Read More
Many of us have the misconception that, in order to be successful, we have to sacrifice our happiness. I wrote my upcoming book, The Happiness Track because research shows this idea is not only wrong, but counterproductive. In The Happiness Track, I reviewed 100s of studies to show you how and why taking care of yourself, your happiness and your w…Read More
We sometimes think of parents as harried, tired and exhausted. In fact a recent study showed that the first year of a child is worse than divorce, unemployment and even the death of a partner! Despite the blissful photos pasted on social media, parents often feel overwhelmed and pushed to the brink.
Given the extraordinary low levels of engagement in the U.S. workforce — a recent Gallup poll showed that 70% of employees are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work — many leaders are looking for solutions. Some turn to material perks (bonuses, game rooms, free food) in the hopes of making employees happier. However, research…Read More
Mindfulness is quickly following yoga in becoming a billion-dollar industry. It’s no surprise, then, that the popularity of meditation – one way to practice mindfulness – is also growing among CEOs and senior executives. Why are business leaders embracing meditation rather than, say, massage or ping-pong? Because there’s something to med…Read More
The holidays are upon us and it’s an easy time to get lost: in Christmas shopping, errands, travel or the stress of financial expenses or difficult family situations. It can also be a lonely time for some, or one of confusion or even depression due to the long winter nights. The good news is that there are some great research-backed ways for you …Read More
Too many companies bet on having a cut-throat, high-pressure, take-no-prisoners culture to drive their financial success.But a large and growing body of research on positive organizational psychology demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to productivity over time, but that a positive environment will lead to dramatic benefi…Read More
Happy Fall! To help keep you inspired through this crisper weather, here’s my latest for Psychology Today. Hope you like it! It’s about lightening our loads and freeing our minds, and who doesn’t need more of that!?
We all know the situation: something happened that made us upset, we go over it in our mind, we blow our top, we s…Read More
Summer is ending and, for many of us, it makes us nostalgic for our childhood vacations: long, carefree days spent by the beach, in the woods, or with friends and family. However, for many of us, those days seem long gone. Vacation days are few and far between. Work and personal responsibilities end up swallowing any free time we have. Even when w…Read More