The Progress Principle

How do you motivate employees? How do you keep them happy and engaged? The Progress Principle The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work presents compelling evidence that most of us are failing to use one of the most powerful tools of all: progress toward clear and meaningful goals. read more…

How can I support your goals for 2014?

question mark by Ciccio Pizzattero

In my last newsletter, I shared tips for setting smarter and more meaningful goals for the New Year (or any time of year, really). Perhaps some of your goals have to do with your happiness, at work and beyond. If so, I want Happy Brain Science to provide you with great resources and support to read more…

Smarter goals for more happiness

fireworks by timothy k hamilton

It’s that time again: New Year’s resolutions. The science of happiness tells us New Year’s resolutions are a worthwhile ritual. Goals are vital to motivation, engagement, and happiness, at work and beyond. Statistics suggest that people who explicitly set goals are ten times more likely to reach them. Still, while up to 62% of Americans read more…

Leveraging the holiday of gratitude.

thankful by MSTOfan

Gratitude beyond Thanksgiving. The month of November calls for a focus on gratitude, but the topic is actually an evergreen in neuroscience and positive psychology, relevant all year. By now, several scientific studies have been indicating the effectiveness of so called “gratitude interventions” in increasing our level of happiness. A gratitude intervention is simply an read more…

A simple activity to boost the impact of your next presentation.

One of my favorite parts of workshops is applying brain research to get the audience involved and learning more. An example of this is getting audiences into small groups for discussion of how they will apply what they’ve learned. I try for groups of six or less people, because research indicates that in groups that read more…

How to Find More Passion at Work

First of all, I mean passion for your work, not your colleagues! If you want help getting passion with your colleagues, you want a different blog! 🙂 Passion for your work is about energy and meaning.  It’s getting energized by your work, and finding–or creating–the meaning in your work. Start with some basics. As I read more…

Mind Your Mind: Empowering Your "Inner CEO"

You start an email to your boss, “Dear total moron.” If a minute later you decide not to send it, you have one particular part of your brain to thank: your prefrontal cortex. This part of your brain is prime brain real estate. (It’s roughly speaking just behind your forehead and the thin layer marked in read more…

Book review and summary of We: How to Increase Performance and Profits through Full Engagement by Rudy Karsan and Kevin Kruse

We: How to Increase Performance and Profits through Full Engagement is titled so because the authors view employee engagement as a partnership between employees and their employers. I couldn’t agree more. The authors were, at the time, executives at Kenexa, which offers employee engagement surveys and consulting. Early on the authors argue strongly that paying read more…

Tips from the leading edge of positive psychology

Science of Happiness Poster

I’m excited to share some of the amazing things I learned at the International Positive Psychology Association World Congress in Los Angeles. I presented a poster titled “Hacking Into Happiness: Habits for the Workplace.” Please click the preview image on the left to request a copy, and stay tuned for my upcoming book with a similar theme. read more…

Hacking Performance Reviews to be more Palatable and Positive

Employee Reviews

As a former programmer, I’m very familiar with “hacks”: short-cuts or tricks to get something working better. You may be familiar with “life hacking“, using a similar approach to finding novel ways to improve life. I want to extend that concept to create “happiness hacks”. Happiness hacks are simply new ways of boosting happiness at read more…