People, Technology, Change

Happiness and Work?

Today is world happiness day, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declaring in his message

“When we contribute to the common good, we ourselves are enriched. Compassion promotes happiness and will help build the future we want.”

So how this is relevant to the workplace, managers and teams?
You will have no doubt have heard the term ‘well-being’ used in organisations, referring to the way organisations treat their staff, support them, and encourage a healthy culture at work. The idea that well-being is essential to organisations is gaining considerable interest, not least the benefits of improved performance and interpersonal relationships between staff.

The relatively recent field of positive psychology defines ‘well-being’ as having 5 elements

  • Positive emotion (Of which happiness and life satisfaction are all aspects)
  • Engagement
  • Relationships
  • Meaning and purpose
  • Accomplishment

Positive Psychology is described as “the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. This field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.”

We’re running a workshop next week on positive psychology for an organisation, which will include use of the VIA Survey of Character Strengths and a showing of the film “Happy” after the workshop, so I’ll report back on how that went.

Here’s a trailer for the film


This entry was posted on March 20, 2013 by in coaching, creativity, culture, leadership, management, positive psychology, teams, well being.
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