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Savoring the Positive

August 5, 2009 8 Comments
Savoring the Positive

The next intentional activity from The How of Happiness is savoring life’s joys.  Recall from my earlier blog that it’s these intentional activities and habits that can account for as much as 40% of our happiness.  The first intentional activity was expressing gratitude, the second was deliberate optimism, the third was to stop overthinking and [...]

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Engagement: There is something wrong with this picture

August 1, 2009 8 Comments
Engagement: There is something wrong with this picture

I love the concept of employee engagement, so much so that I have included it in some of my own thinking on eustress.  Consultants are selling engagement like hotcakes, and we are lead to believe engagement “can have an almost magical effect on the bottom line” (Shellenbarger, 2007) and that fact is supported by “ground [...]

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Flow

July 21, 2009 7 Comments
Flow

The next intentional activity from The How of Happiness is increasing flow experiences.  Recall from my earlier blog that it’s these intentional activities and habits that can account for as much as 40% of our happiness.  The first intentional activity was expressing gratitude, the second was deliberate optimism, the third was to stop overthinking and [...]

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Engagement at work

July 8, 2009 7 Comments
Engagement at work

I really like Rebecca Thorman’s most recent blog post “How to decide if you have a good job.” Her description of her team’s rush to launch their new website is an excellent example of my “bathtub analogy” of eustress and distress.  There is a LOT of workload and time pressure at her job, but Rebecca [...]

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