10 Tips for Keeping Up Morale, with Ideas & Resources to Help

Thanks to Sarah Lewis, C.Psychol., for this guest post about keeping up morale! Sarah is the principal psychologist at Appreciating Change, a strengths-based psychological consultancy that is committed to applying well-researched positive psychology ideas and interventions to workplace challenges and opportunities at an individual, team or whole organization level. In the midst of the current read more…

Do “Casual” Games Reduce Stress & Boost Well-being?

Thanks to Kristen Toohill for this post about how casual games reduce stress! Kristen recently co-authored a book with Scott Crabtree titled All Work & Some Play: Future Proof Your Career through Games. Her past experience includes working in the video game industry as a Quality Assurance Tester and SCRUM Master. In addition, she’s done read more…

Playing Games to Cope: Behind the Scenes @ Happy Brain Science

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Happy Fortyteenth of Maprilay! How have you been doing in this truly crazy time? If you are like me, you may sometimes find yourself feeling overwhelmed and unproductive during this period of uncertainty. Science suggests that what we’re feeling right now is totally OK. In order to cope, I’ve seen many people taking up comforting, read more…

Brain-Based Toolkit for Navigating Uncertain Times

This Brain-Based Toolkit was created by Cat Kemmerling, Jessica Sharp, and Kristen Toohill—doctoral students in the William James College Leadership Psychology program. Their goal is to offer a neuroscience-informed resource to help leaders support themselves and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this time of immense disruption, providing stability, empathy, and compassion is critical to read more…

Humor at Work: How to Get a Serious Boost

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You know what helps with a serious situation? Laughter! Life is difficult—that’s a fact. Recently, we’ve also been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has thrown a major wrench into life as we know it. It’s a serious situation for all of us, at work and in our daily lives. But do you know what read more…

Future-Proof Your Career through Games

What does it mean to “future-proof” your career? Find out how you can develop the essential “4 C’s” at work—while enjoying the benefits of playing games with colleagues! ***Watch the video or continue reading below.***   You May Find This Surprising, But… You should play some games at work. “WHAT?!” I can almost hear you read more…

Unlock the Hidden Value of Games

This post about the value of games was written by Katie Salen Tekinbaş, Professor, University of California Irvine, and Co-Founder and Chief Designer, Connected Camps. To our delight, it was provided as the Foreword for the upcoming Happy Brain Science book All Work & Some Play: Future-Proof Your Career through Games, by Kristen Toohill and read more…

The Four C’s: Why Human Skills Matter

This post about mastering the “Four C’s” is an excerpt from the upcoming Happy Brain Science book All Work & Some Play: Future-Proof Your Career through Games, by Kristen Toohill and Scott Crabtree. We live in an exciting age: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now capable of performing routine, repetitive work, freeing humans up to do read more…