Ted Talk of the Week – Daniele Quercia: Happy maps
Mapping apps help us find the fastest route to where we’re going. But what if we’d rather wander? Researcher Daniele Quercia demos “happy maps” that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way. http://www.ted.com/talks/daniele_quercia_happy_maps
Ted Talk of The Week – Be An Opportunity Maker: by Kare Anderson
We all want to use our talents to create something meaningful with our lives. But how to get started? (And … what if you’re shy?) Writer Kare Anderson shares her own story of chronic shyness, and how she opened up her world by helping other people use their own talents and passions. http://www.ted.com/talks/kare_anderson_be_an_opportunity_maker?language=en
Ted Talk of the Week – Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work#t-721700
Ted Talk Of The Week: Michael Norton: How to buy happiness
At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness — when you don’t spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people.
There’s no such thing as a free breakfast
There’s no such thing as a free breakfast I worked with a client some years ago, who were going through the process of moving some 2000 employees from a rather outdated office into a lovely, shiny new office. They came up with what they thought was a brilliant idea – to give all employees a […]
Ted Talk of the Week – Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and […]
Ted Talk of the Week: Malcolm Gladwell: Choice Happiness and Spaghetti Sauce
“Tipping Point” author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry’s pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce — and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.
Ted Talk of the Week: (actually a Ted x talk): Your Happiest Days are Behind You by Robert Biswas-Diener
This week we’re show-casing a talk from Robert Biswas-Diener about happiness. Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is a positive psychologist, author and instructor at Portland State University. He is widely known as the “Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology” because his research on happiness has taken him to such far-flung places as Greenland, India, Kenya and Israel. Biswas-Diener’s […]
Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness
Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
Why is happiness still a dirty word at work?
I was lucky enough to attend a talk by Tal Ben Shahar recently, put on by the folks from Action from Happiness. Having read his book Happier a few years ago, it was great to see the man himself in action. I’d highly recommend reading Happier, which looks at the science of happiness…. What really […]