We’ve all been there: the afternoon slump, the slow morning, the work daze. While researching The Happiness Track, I discovered that 50% of people are burned out across professions. We’re facing a literal energy crisis.
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From Vincent Van Gogh on through Kanye West, the figure of the broody, tortured artist looms large in the popular imagination. But research suggests that the key to creativity and innovation has little to do with angst. In researching my book The Happiness Track, I found that the biggest breakthrough ideas often come from relaxation.
The number-one attribute CEOs look for in their incoming workforce (according to an IBM survey of more than 1,500 CEOs across 33 industries and 60 countries) is not discipline, integrity, intelligence, or emotional intelligence. It’s creativity.
After all, every company wants to be at the forefront of its industry and on the cutting edge of i…Read More
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
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
My friend Adam Rifkin, LinkedIn “Influencer” and I co-authored this article for LinkedIn.
Why We Overwork
Our business culture has come to value compulsive overwork as the only path to success. Read any business magazine or blog, and you’ll see nothing but “successful” people — startup founders, university students, scientific researche…Read More
Submerged in the responsibilities of life, the seriousness of world affairs, and an ever-growing to-do list, we often forget to PLAY. Animals, on the other hand, continue to play throughout their adult lives! We may believe that play is somehow no longer appropriate or cast it aside as a frivolous waste of time. Research suggests, however, th…Read More