Three Key lessons from the Science on Happiness at Work

Happiness At Work Conference
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21. maj 2018

How does happiness at work affect the individual employee and organizational performance? And what exactly is it that makes us happy or unhappy at work?

Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley and a leading expert on the neuroscience and psychology of compassion, kindness, gratitude, and other “pro-social” skills. She earned her doctorate in Cognition, Brain and Behavior at UC Berkeley by studying how unhappiness affects the brain but during her postdoc she transitioned to studying positive states like love of humanity, compassion, and happiness.

Emiliana’s presentation will cover the most important scientific evidence into three key tenets on happiness at work: The first aims to dispel the chasm between work and life, and disrupt the common expectation that people should strive to balance between them. The second offers a framework for guarding against workplace burnout using pro sociality – an approach that also boosts individual, organizational and national happiness. The third key shows how to balance competition and kindness, and artfully integrate these evolutionarily endowed motivational drivers to create greater happiness for all.

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