1: The year was 1930. 

One hundred eighty young women had just become nuns at the School of Sisters of Notre Dame. They were asked to write autobiographical journal entries.

“More than five decades later, researchers coded the entries for positive emotional content,” Dan Sullivan and Benjamin Hardy write in The Gap and The Gain: The High Achiever’s Guide to Happiness, Confidence, and Success.

The psychologists doing the study … continue reading

Each week we are doing a deep dive into a different topic and this week we’ve been looking at some of the key takeaways from Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage.  We’ll wrap it up this week by looking at the implications of boosting happiness on workplace culture.
Question:  Is it surprising that leaders who cultivate happiness in the workplace also drive overall productivity and success?  
Shawn shares the research … continue reading

Yesterday, we covered the main idea from Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage: that being happy is an indispensable ingredient of our success.   

The book is packed with interesting research and evidence that back up Shawn’s assertion.   

One longitudinal study of happiness was done by reviewing the diary entries of 180 Catholic nuns who were asked to write down their thoughts in an autobiographical journal.  More than fifty years later, … continue reading