One more reason to exercise: a willpower boost!

If you walk around the block for just five minutes, are you more likely to resist dessert at lunch, stay focused on a difficult task, or resist yelling at a colleague? Can you exercise your way to better self-control and will power? If you’ve heard me present or read some of the books I recommend, read more…

Leave The Change: Money, Generosity, and Happiness At Work

“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.” – David Lee Roth While that’s a funny quote, it’s not terribly accurate according to the science of happiness. Long story short, money helps many individuals, families, and countries to be happier, but it typically doesn’t read more…

What the San Diego Fireworks Can Teach Us About Happiness

To boost your happiness at work next week, would you choose: A) A good but ordinary lunch with a different colleague every day for one week; or B) Grinding through lunch alone at your desk each day for four days, then a special delicious lunch out with a colleague one day? Thinking about the San read more…

Mindful for a Moment: Integrating Attention into a Busy Day

Note: This is an article I co-wrote with Chris Wilson, a psychologist who integrates mindfulness exercises into his personal and professional life. He also took the two photos you see in this post. You can find out more about him and his work at www.drchristopherwilson.com and at www.cfwphoto.com. The article has originally been published in read more…

The Science of Happiness at Work–in Five Minutes!

If I had just five minutes of your time, I would tell you the most important science of being happier at work. Because I believe: We all deserve to be happy at work. Science tells us why to be happier: it brings benefits including (but not limited to) success, creativity, engagement, sociability, productivity and health. read more…

The Science of Being Happier at Work in Three Minutes

If I had just three minutes of your time, I would tell you the most important lessons from applying the science of happiness to work. Because I believe: We all have the right to be happy at work. Science tells us why to be happier: because it brings benefits including (but not limited to) creativity, read more…

The Science of Happiness in One Minute

If I had just one minute, I would tell you the most important lessons from the science of happiness. Because I believe: We all have the right to be happy at work. Science shows benefits from happiness including (but not limited to) productivity and health. Science can tell us how to be happier at work. read more…

The Power of Pictures

I never would have predicted that my junior high drafting class, a cliché, graphic recording, neuroscience, and presentations would all have something in common. (Photo by Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian) It was the first day of my junior high drafting class, and my classmate was standing at the front of the room with a podium hiding read more…

Watching yourself–and your mind–without judgment

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Watching yourself on video can be a very strange experience. You are rarely watching yourself. Depending on your personality and self-esteem, you may immediately cringe, or be very proud of yourself. I recently managed to get a few short videos of me presenting up on YouTube, including this one.   I find it quite difficult read more…