Research demonstrates there is a relationship between happiness and workplace success. Happy people earn more money, display superior performance, and perform more helpful acts which typically exemplify success at work. According to most studies of worker satisfaction among nations, the happiest employees in the world are in Denmark, followed by Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden. But why are Danish workers so much happier than their American counterparts? Americans think it’s normal to hate their jobs. Let us introduce you to the Danish concept of arbejdsglæde. It means happiness at work. Here’s how Danish offices make sure it’s happening.
Happiness is a Direction
Not a Destination
A Revolutionary Idea
A new truth promises to revolutionize how you live and work: You’re entitled to be happy. Right now. You don’t have to wait. In fact, you shouldn’t delay.
It’s a truth revealed by an ever-expanding body of scientific research. It’s a truth that exposes the secret to both individual and organizational success: happiness. Yes, happiness. It’s a revolutionary discovery that counters conventional wisdom. Happiness doesn’t depend on achieving certain arbitrary milestones like wealth or status or awards or job titles. In fact, the opposite is true. Happiness is an ongoing state of mind, a way of thinking necessary for sustained success.
It’s In Your Hands (Your Brain Really)
The idea is powerfully simple. Most successful people and organizations put happiness first, realizing that only then will success follow. But attaining true happiness isn’t quite so simple. First you, quite literally, must change your mind.
The good news: it’s all within your control. Cutting-edge neuroscientific research confirms that we all possess the ability to wire and rewire our brains for happiness.
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That’s the powerful—and empowering—idea behind our company. We share a variety of tools, techniques and insights for tapping this remarkable reservoir of human potential.
Helping others is good for you! According to research from the Univ. of Wisconsin at Madsion, altruists in the office are more committed to their work and are less likely to quit their job. If that’s not good enough, the same research concludes that workplace altruists are happier than their fellow employees and find more meaning in both their personal and professional life. Now that’s a goal we all should be happy to work on!
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Beautiful and Inspirational graduation speech by Jim Carrey on the power of human thought and our ability to be the masterful pioneers of our own health and happiness! Brain research and positive psychology both reveal what the spiritual traditions have advocated for millennia—wealth, fame, and status are not the path toward finding completion. The true compass that points us in the direction of our self-worth and fulfillment resides within. I bet you’ll watch this video more than once! Enjoy and feel free to share.
Scientists have found a tiny region of the brain which controls our motivation to exercise and engage in other rewarding activities. In laboratory studies on mice, when signals from this region of the brain were blocked, the mice became lethargic and uninterested in rewarding behavior. These new findings point to a new “node in the depression pathway” and may help fine-tune our understanding of depression.
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Research has found that smelling the essential oil from rosemary increases alertness, enhances long-term memory and improves brain function. The chemicals in the oil directly stimulate the olfactory nerve in the nose which can have positive effect on cognitive functioning.
Even in Shakespeare’s time Rosemary was linked to memory, when Hamlet’s Ophelia quoted: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance: pray, love, remember.”
Read more on the benefits of Rosemary on memory here.
It turns out that dancing is not only great exercise but it also increases memory and cognitive function. Dancing uses more areas of our brain’s memory and learning centers than other activities. When we dance, we simultaneously integrate several brain functions: movement, emotion, music, thinking, sight, touch and hearing. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that ballroom dancing at least twice a week made people less likely to develop dementia. So, whether it’s tap or tango, salsa or swing, get up and get your groove on!
Read more on the effects of LSD –laughing, singing and dancing, in my e-book.
A quality that might account for personal wellbeing and professional success is empathy. If the human brain weren’t wired to express empathy, scientists suggest our species might not have acquired the ability for cooperation, sharing, nurturing and bonding, the prerequisites for civilization and the building blocks for any successful organization. Contrary to what we might see or read in the media, the human brain is wired for empathy, compassion, love and gratitude. The key to humanity’s survival, not to mention the hallmarks of a success and happiness, may well reside in our ability to empathize. Enjoy this great piece on the important role empathy plays in shaping both our personal wellbeing and professional success.
Read more on the powerful role empathy plays in life, in my e-book.
Here’s a startling fact. In our modern, 24/7 high-tech world, the average person’s brain is bombarded with the equivalent of 174 newspapers of data every day! That’s some five times the amount of sensory information a person received just 30 years ago. No wonder many of us experience the harmful impact of brain-fatigue. As individuals and a society we feel exhausted, overwhelmed and stressed on a daily basis.
Some researchers suggest the reason that stress has become the malady of modern life and that we suffer from brain-fatigue is the result of “Nature-Deficit Disorder.” Never heard of it? A growing body of research suggests that you can ease brain fatigue simply by strolling through a leafy park. “It is likely to have a restorative effect and help with attention fatigue and stress recovery.”