Management QOL in the News - July 21, 2022

A Happiness Columnist’s Three Biggest Happiness Rules

By Arthur C. Brooks

A good life isn’t just about getting the details right. Here are some truths that transcend circumstance and time.

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Management QOL in the News - June 27, 2022

Forget Paris, London, and most of Australia: There are new winners for the list of the world’s most livable cities

By Colin Lodewick

What does it mean to be the best city in the world? Every year, one organization tries to figure it out.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a research organization owned by the Economist media outlet, releases an annual Global Liveability Index, a ranking of the best cities to live in.

The top of the list is typically dominated by cities in North America and western Europe, along with Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. The same is the case this year, although there have been several key shifts. While New Zealand topped the list last year as its closed borders let residents have relatively normal lives, it has since lost its edge as most pandemic-era restrictions have been lifted across the globe.

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The Happiness Challenge: Make Choices That Support Your Joy

By Scott Stabile

I asked the community to consider the following questions:

  • What is one thing you will do every day this month that serves your happiness and well-being?
  • What one thing will you do, every day, that speaks to your willingness to take care of yourself?

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Apple's $5 Billion Office Complex Offers an Important Lesson About Employee Well-Being

By Kelly Main

Apple's $5 billion headquarters, Apple Park, is a space-age wonderplex designed by Steve Jobs to serve as a vehicle for innovation. Beyond its out-of-this-world splendor are seemingly small details that make some of the biggest differences in the lives of those who spend their days there--increasing workplace satisfaction, general well-being, and overall happiness.

Said to be one of Jobs's favorite parts of Apple Park is the 10,000-square-foot fitness center. What's genius about the space is not its innate splendor and lavish design, but that any business can re-create it without spending a fortune--or in some cases, without spending anything.

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Management QOL in the News - June 16, 2022

Dare to share: how revealing your secrets to others can improve your life

By Michael Slepian

The normal course of actions is to share with others what we’re really thinking, but to keep a secret is to veer away from this everyday act of social connection. When this happens, you prevent yourself from fully engaging, blocking yourself from a chance to bond with others and get help from them. So, what happens when we form the intention to keep a secret? As you might imagine, this increases the likelihood of hiding the secret in conversation, but it also increases the likelihood of thinking about it outside of that.

The hard part of having a secret is not that you have to hide it, but that you have to live with it, alone in your thoughts. When the only venue to work through it is your own mind, you are not likely to find the most productive way of thinking about it. Like a carousel that just never stops, each time you think back on it, you may go through the same motions, having the same negative thoughts, reiterating the same regrets, and finding yourself getting nowhere. It often takes a conversation with another person to escape the loop.

So even if you do have fears and worries, know that the research shows people react more positively to disclosures than we often imagine. Another person can offer you two different kinds of help: emotional support and practical support. Other people can offer unique perspectives, guidance, and advice. The vicious cycle of negative thinking is easier to break when we bring others in. If you are currently keeping a secret from a friend, a family member, or a romantic partner (and the chances are good that you are), then you probably have at least one more secret than you need. Chances are there is at least one too many secrets kept from you, and this is all the more reason to share what’s on your mind. When you open up to others, others will open up to you.

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Management QOL in the News - May 1, 2022

How to make work-life balance work

Nigel Marsh

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity -- and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

Management QOL in the News - April 4, 2022

Important Longevity To-Dos for Your 70s

7 Simple Tip to Improve Your Health and Well-Being

By Mark Stibich, PhD

People's health in their 70s varies a lot. Some people are completely healthy while others have multiple illnesses. No matter what your condition, there is a lot you can do to improve your health, prevent illnesses, and keep your brain sharp.

Here is a list of longevity "to-dos" that will have you feeling better and living longer. Embark on one or two per month with the aim of remaining consistent and progressing as your health and wellness improve.

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6 Ways to Feel Happier, Starting Now

By Kara Baskin

Happiness, we're often told, is one of those things you either have or don't have. It's framed as something that is given (and taken away) based on our unchangeable internal disposition or fleeting external factors: You’re born an optimist—or you're not. You're having a good day—or you’re not. Either way, it's out of your hands.

This simply isn't true. You make happiness happen. Positivity is a skill that can be built and strengthened, and cultivating an optimistic outlook benefits more than your mood. "When we're happy, we're more empathetic, emotionally tough, and creative. Our relationships improve. Our physical health gets a boost. It's a gift that keeps on giving," says Andrew Shatté, Ph.D., meQuilibrium's Chief Science Officer.

But sustained positivity takes work because humans are naturally negative creatures. After all, explains Shatté, we survived as a species by scanning for threats in the wild. "Some animals have wings. Humans had negativity," he says. This now-outdated instinct can keep up from savoring the good things that happen, because "our brains are so wired towards the negative that we compromise on the positive."

It's up to you to make happiness happen. Here are six proven ways to infuse your life with more joy.

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Management QOL in the News - March 28, 2022

Science can answer moral questions

Sam Harris

Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.

Management QOL in the News - March 20, 2022

U.N. Climate Report

The U.N. released an alarming new climate report. Why is the world ignoring it?

Visit the U.N. climate report page and read key reports on climate impacts and solutions from around the United Nations.

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Management QOL in the News - March 18, 2022

The world's happiest countries for 2022

By Marnie Hunter, CNN

Devastating loss of life and growing uncertainty have the world very much on edge, but there is a bit of good news for humanity: Benevolence is surging globally.

That's one of the key findings of the World Happiness Report, a publication of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network that draws on global survey data from people in about 150 countries.

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Management QOL in the News - March 6, 2022

2022’s Happiest Cities in America

By Adam McCann

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a third of Americans to be so stressed that they sometimes find it hard to make basic decisions. Therefore, it’s vital for people to boost their happiness however they can, whether through family, friends, activities, entertainment or work. What people might not realize is that where they live may also determine how happy they are.

Location plays a hand in how bright or gloomy our days are. For years, researchers have studied the science of happiness and found that its key ingredients include a positive mental state, healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction and financial well-being. However, money can only make you so happy – people who make $75,000 a year won’t get any higher satisfaction from more money. Consider also the fact that while the U.S. is one of the richest countries, it ranks only 14th on the World Happiness Report.

But not everywhere in the U.S. experiences a uniform level of happiness. As this study aims to illustrate, moving to a certain city may help you be more content. WalletHub drew upon the various findings of positive-psychology research in order to determine which among more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities is home to the happiest people in America. We examined each city based on 30 key indicators of happiness, ranging from the depression rate to the income-growth rate to average leisure time spent per day.

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Management QOL in the News - February 20, 2022

The health benefits of a random act of kindness

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN

This year’s Random Acts of Kindness Day falls during a pandemic for a second year in a row, but the foundation behind it wants you to consider being kind every day. They want you to be a "RAKtivist," or a "Random Acts of Kindness activist." Here’s why: Spreading kindness not only helps others feel better about themselves - it can also boost the giver’s health and happiness, according to research. It’s a win-win for all.

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Management QOL in the News - January 11, 2022

How to harness the power of negative thinking

By Jonathan Dean

Sick of the #grateful, 'good vibes only' crew? You’re not alone — according to a new book, relentless positivity can be more toxic than you think.

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Management QOL in the News - November 24, 2021

Gaining The Edge

Talita Greyling

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Management QOL in the News - November 5, 2021

4 Habits of the Happiest People Rarely Practiced by Most Workers

By Marcel Schwantes, Founder and Chief Human Officer, Leadership From the Core

Let's all collectively acknowledge that the last 20 months have not been a walk in the park. A global pandemic, loss of jobs, social and racial unrest, political division, vaccine mandates, our own personal tragedies, and the list goes on and on. As we close out another year of extreme challenges, this is the time to be thinking about making smart choices to ensure our happiness and well-being as we head into the new year. What is it that needs to change for you? If you consult science, there are things we can do regularly that are not only good for our own health and well-being but are especially good for the health of our teams and workplaces.

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Management QOL in the News - November 1, 2021

Warren Buffett Says Your Overall Happiness and Success May Be Tied to This 1 Mental Habit

By Marcel Schwantes, Founder and Chief Human Officer, Leadership From the Core

Those who've been reading this column know I like to write about Warren Buffett. I have learned a lot of great investment and life tips from the Oracle of Omaha. But more to the point, one of the big reasons I love to write about Buffett is that he possesses a tremendous amount of optimism, a quality that science finds shared by many entrepreneurs. Successful entrepreneurs embrace the belief that no matter what, choosing to be in a mindset of positivity and pushing aside self-doubts will eventually yield results.

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Management QOL in the News - October 22, 2021

The Meaning of Life Is Surprisingly Simple

By Arthur C. Brooks

Want to live in a directed, resolute way? To always know why you’re doing what you’re doing? There’s a simple way to make your dreams come true: Go find the meaning of life!

People who believe that they know their life’s meaning enjoy greater well-being than those who don’t. One 2019 study found that agreeing with the statement “I have a philosophy of life that helps me understand who I am” was associated with fewer symptoms of depression and higher positive affect.

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Management QOL in the News - June 29, 2021

We’re Learning the Wrong Lessons From the World’s Happiest Countries

By Joe Pinsker

Since 2012, most of the humans on Earth have been given a nearly annual reminder that there are entire nations of people who are measurably happier than they are. This uplifting yearly notification is known as the World Happiness Report.

With the release of each report, which is published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the question is not which country will appear at the top of the rankings, but rather which Northern European country will. Finland has been the world’s happiest country for four years running; Denmark and Norway hold all but one of the other titles (which went to Switzerland in 2015).

The rankings are reliably discouraging for Americans, who have never cracked the global top 10. We are merely in the upper middle class of happiness—respectable, but underwhelming for a country with our level of wealth and self-regard.

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Management QOL in the News - June 8, 2021

Work and Wellbeing in the 21st Century

The nature of work and the way it is conceptualised has been evolving since the dawn of humankind. As societies have shifted from hunter gathering to an agrarian basis and then to urban living, the activities that people have undertaken have changed. In parallel, the arrangements for the delegation of labour have altered from systems such as slavery, serfdom and indentured labour to paid employment and contracting. The pace of change has been increasing exponentially and the information technology revolution has transformed work for many in less than a generation.

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Management QOL in the News - March 20, 2021

World Happiness Report 2021

The World Happiness Report 2021 focuses on the effects of COVID-19 and how people all over the world have fared. Our aim was two-fold, first to focus on the effects of COVID-19 on the structure and quality of people’s lives, and second to describe and evaluate how governments all over the world have dealt with the pandemic. In particular, we try to explain why some countries have done so much better than others.

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