Leading for Happiness & Building Strong Teams: New Coaching Groups!

Wouldn’t it be great to lead a happy, strong, thriving team at work? I know how hard it is for a team to thrive at work. I’ve led teams for 30 years, and I’ve dealt with communication problems, draining workloads, excess stress, and disengaged employees–problems you may be wrestling with right now. These problems can read more…

Schedule the Life You Want

Kacy Minnis, General Manager of Oregon Wine Lab

This guest post is by Kacy Minnis, a member of Happy Brain Science’s first “Leading For Happiness” coaching group. Life/Work Balance I chose to participate in the coaching group with the goal of finding a better life/work balance. (Yes, life/work, instead of work/life balance.) My more specific goal was to make sure I’m allowing myself read more…

SPECIFIC Gratitude: How to Maximize Appreciation

Employee survey results indicated that Adam was doing well overall as a manager. But the survey scores were lower when his supervisees were asked about feeling appreciated. Adam was confused. He was sure he expressed appreciation to the people on his team frequently. He brought up the issue during his next one-on-one meeting with his read more…

Eudaimonia: what is it, and why is it better than hedonism?

Eudaimonia can be the difference between a fleeting good time and a lasting sense of fulfillment. What is eudaimonia, and why is it better than hedonism? Allow me to explain by describing a recent trip to Kauai. This summer, my family had an opportunity to use the frequent flier miles I earned traveling around the read more…

Don’t stress about stress!

The app development project Adam was leading was getting intense. While the team was rapidly approaching beta, it was unclear if the app was performing well enough to release the beta version. The performance varied significantly from platform to platform, and phone to phone. The team was struggling to understand and fix the issues. With read more…

3 Ways to Let Go of Negativity

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Do you struggle to let go of negativity? When you receive not-so-positive feedback, how do you feel? Are you the type of person to shrug it off and let it go, or do you end up having a bad day as a result? If you’re like most people, you probably gravitate towards the latter. Why read more…

Happiness During Unemployment

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Is it possible to find happiness during unemployment? Science can help us answer this tough question. For most of us, unemployment is not fun at all. I recently found myself out of a full-time job because of “business reasons.” Don’t get me wrong, I understood why I had to be let go–but it still didn’t read more…

Brad Stevens’ Coaching Style and the Science of Thriving

Brad Stevens' Coaching Style works.

Brad Stevens’ coaching style works. As I type this, my beloved Celtics are up 2-0 against the Cleveland Caveliers in the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Virtually nobody predicted this, especially after Boston lost not one, but two of their top stars (and suffered other injuries) before the playoffs. How does Stevens do it? Can the read more…

The Science of Autonomy at Work

Autonomy at Work: A Story Kim assigned a crucial project to Juan, and really wanted it to go well. So she asked him to prepare 24 milestones along the way, starting with an extremely detailed concept approval document. She scheduled a two hour meeting to review the concept approval, and was asking about–and then changing–many read more…