Aug 27
Oxford Handbook of Happiness (Book Review)

“Happiness reminds us that ultimately this is a world of people, of families, of communities all alike – of human beings seeking the same thing. When we grasp this universal simplicity – this sense of a shared planet and shared fate for those who walk on it in a common quest for happiness, well-being, and [...]

Jun 29
Man + Shed = Happiness

Recently British television rebroadcast a series of programs called Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home (#ManMadeHome), featuring the well-known designer, writer, and presenter. Since the late 90s, McCloud has presented the Grand Designs series where every program focuses on the efforts of people (usually a couple) to design and build their own house. Over the years [...]

Mar 5
Beer and Philosophy: Engagement Japanese Style

In the UK business community there is a growing interest in the topic of employee engagement, sparked by a government-commissioned report in 2009, Engaging for Success: Enhancing Performance through Employee Engagement. In November 2012 the report’s authors, David MacLeod and Nita Clarke, established a group called Engage for Success  (EfS) which describes itself as a “movement [...]

Dec 5
Honda and the Joy of Engineering

Even though Ken Keir focused on Honda’s R&D philosophy, explaining that in recessionary times, the company goes against the tide and invests more in R&D rather than less, by the time we reached slide 5 of the presentation on the Honda strategy, vision, values, and behavior, it was pretty clear to me that here was a company founded on positive psychology principles. How did I know?

Nov 22
Getting to Grips with the UK’s Well-being

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Feb 5
Goal Commitment

Yesterday I wrote about secrets of goal setting. Today I’m following up with a few factors that affect maintaining goal commitment. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions on 31 Dec 2011 and if so, are you still sticking with them or have you already given up? A survey conducted a few years ago by [...]

Feb 1
Goal-Setting Secrets

It’s the end of January already! “Where has the time gone?” my elderly neighbour Stella asked this morning as we chatted about the weather, our families, and which birds we had  spotted in our gardens (the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is doing a nationwide Bird Watch this weekend). Stella is a real [...]

Jan 6
Working from home, switching off, well-being and productivity

The numbers of employees who work from home, so-called teleworkers, has risen dramatically in the past decade or so, enabled by the internet and the availability of high-speed broadband in many areas of the country. In the US it’s the same. According to Fortune Magazine this week, nearly half of U.S.-based companies currently have employees [...]

Sep 13
Daniel Pink on Motivation: Why PRP Doesn’t Work!

Here’s a great animated video supporting Daniel Pink’s presentation on intrinsic motivation and why profit-related pay (PRP) doesn’t actually motivate people to work harder. According to Pink, psychology research shows that economists have got it all wrong. If you want to motivate and engage people, and get them work harder, they need to experience the [...]

Nov 27
Happiness, Busyness and Holiday Letters

Here’s a link to my post to Positive Psychology News Daily this month, on the subjects of happiness, busyness and holiday letters. Please feel free to add your comments and thoughts here or on the PPND site. Image: sha in LA …

Oct 27
Positive Relationships at Work

Here’s a link to my posting to Positive Psychology News Daily this month, called      ‘Creating Strong Bonds in the Workplace’, which gives you some of the major theories and practical applications of positive psychology for developing positive relationships at work. As usual, feel free to leave your thoughts and comment here, or on [...]

Oct 18
Employee Well-being Forum – October 21st

If you happen to be in London on Wednesday 21st October, the Employee Well-being Forum might be worth a visit. The programme boasts that “at this event you will hear a wealth of best practice case studies offering practical advice to improve wellness strategies and decrease absence and stress in the workplace through the recession”. [...]

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