[VIDEO] Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

Part of today's Lent reading with Brian Draper "First, whenever we achieve success, we change the goalposts. (You hit your sales target, so you increase your sales target…) So it seems always out of reach. And when happiness lies on the far side of success, your brain never gets there. But the main issue (as neuroscience now suggests) is that our brain works best the other way around: when we experience positivity in the present,…

Is happiness as important as GDP?

Andrew Oswald considers recent moves in economics, famously the most dismal of sciences, to take the happiness and psychological health of the population as seriously as a country's GDP My subject - economics - is becoming cheerier. You may have noticed from the newspapers that there is significant interest in the issue of how to measure human "happiness", and that the prime minister, David Cameron, has asked government statisticians and economists to stop focusing so…

Americans comment on UK Happiness Monitoring

So it's official. Stiff-upper-lip-Brits have gone all touchy-feely. Today the Guardian Newspaper reported that "The UK government is poised to start measuring people's psychological and environmental wellbeing, bidding to be among the first countries to officially monitor happiness." On this dull, dark afternoon in London, we UK-based Newsfeeders can't imagine that the survey will find the Brits in the throes of estactic jubilation. While some nationalities run hot and cold, the Brits do tepid better than any…