Here you will find some nice brain food to feed your happiness.  Enjoy!

Favorite Videos & Talks

  1. Nancy Etcoff: http://www.ted.com/talks/nancy_etcoff_on_happiness_and_why_we_want_it.htmlThe history of psychology and happiness.  Also, understanding the pleasure and reward centers of the mind, how cooperation lights up the reward centers in the brain, why we are happiest when in a “we” state as opposed to a “me” state, Biophilia and awesome power of nature, our profound need to be part of a group and belong. how we are wired for social status and prestige at being on a higher level such as being known as an expert and that a deeper happiness goes beyond the material. (14:22)
  2. Nic Marks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH2ys_IgV4Y Nic nails it when describing how we are wired to think that success will deliver happiness…but it is the other way around!  Happiness actually drives success!  This message is so true to the core of what we are doing at Happywork. (16:58)
  3. Shawn Achor: http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work?language=en. Beyond funny and entertaining, he so clearly demonstrates why “the happiness advantage, which is your brain in positive, performs significantly better than when in negative, neutral or stressed.” Shawn also shares some best practices that are easy to follow such as showing gratitude and kindness. (12:20)
  4. Barbara Fredrickson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxoPLtRnxZs teaches a lot about Love and stretches your thoughts about “micro-moments of love”, positive emotions and how our brain’s sync when we have eye contact, engage in dialog and collaborate. (27:35)
  5. Vishen Lakhiani: http://youtu.be/T8ZFU4FoNvY an example company that has done a lot of the same “awesomeness” that we aspire to be.  Happy being the new Productivity shows the Friday Awesomeness Report, and…wait for it…daily corporate senior team guided meditations! (52:00)
  6. David Rock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isiSOeMVJQk and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEkz6WO_Ahw. Awesome information about brain states of Reward versus Threat and how Reward state drives insight and is linked to Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness, and Fairness. (8:17 and 11:49)
  7. Dan Pink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc. Helps us to see his point of view on the importance of motivation through Autonomy, Self-Mastery, Purpose.  (10:48)
  8. Mathew Syed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njae5qGhxEw. On the myth of Talent or Fixed Mindset where intellect or ability is genetic versus Expertise or Growth Mindset where effort and purposeful practice create top performance. (22:05)

Papers, Blogs, Presentations, etc.

Happiness and Science

Organizations and Work

The Pitfalls of Workplace Happiness

  1. 12 Good Reasons You Should Be Cautious About Employee Happiness – part 1
  2. 12 Good Reasons You Should Be Cautious About Employee Happiness – part 2
  3.  Happiness not for you? – Revenge of the Introvert
  4. Against Happiness | Economist
  5. 5 Pitfalls of Employee Happiness Initiatives | Dr. Aymee Coget Blog