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Workplace Happiness Lecture

Key Questions
• What is happiness? • Why is happiness important? • Cognitive Lens: How do we understand/misunderstand what will make us happy at work? • Situational Lens: When are people happy at work? • Trait Lens: Who is happy at work?

What is Happiness?



What is Happiness?
• Happiness:
– an emotional state. – how you feel about yourself and the world.

• Satisfaction with Life:
– more global judgment about your acceptance with your life conditions. – more of a cognitive assessment.

What is Happiness?

2 pathways to well‐being
Removing negative states • Depression • Anxiety • Insecurity • Addiction • Violence Promoting positive states • Hope • Optimism
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Who is happy?
• Winning the cortical lottery is generally more important than winning the actual lottery when it comes to positive emotions! • • • • High Emotional Stability High Extroversion High Promotion focus High Approach Motivation

Starts when we are young!
• Babies who show a lot more activity on the right side of the forehead become toddlers who are more anxious about novel situations • As teenagers, they are more likely to be fearful about dating and social activities; • Finally, as adults, they are more likely to need psychotherapy to loosen up. • Having lost out in the cortical lottery, they will struggle all their lives to weaken the grip of an overactive withdrawal system.



Hedonic Adaptation to life events
• Lottery winners tend to go up • Accident victims go down • Both return to general set‐point

Optimism Matters

Social Factors
• Relationships matter • Progress towards goals matters • Connection between purpose of work and tasks appears to matter • Autonomy matters



Interpersonal Relationships
• Durkheim’s study on suicide • Social rejection is the number

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