According to a 2015 article titled Happiness and Productivity: Understanding the Happy-Productive Worker, happier employees exerted higher levels of effort and more productivity than those who were not. This represents just one of many studies regarding employee morale, which shows that employee happiness, while not considered in many office environments, has a positive impact on output, job satisfaction retention, and cohesion amongst employees. On this episode, we discuss approaches to increase employee morale and how to maintain it, regardless of where you are on the organizational chart!
Project Digital Africa is an organization with a mission to create awareness and provide people living in Africa with the opportunity to have access to unlimited resources, training, certifications, software, devices, and gadgets in the digital and tech industry. On this episode, we are joined by Lisa Nwoye, the Founder and President of the organization, to have a conversation about the importance of her work, grassroots efforts and access to tech!
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According to a recent article in the Toastmaster magazine written by Lauren Parsons, there is scientific research “suggests that success does not lead to happiness but that the opposite is true. Happiness has a profound effect on brain function and significantly increases individual performance, leading to greater success”. On this episode, we discuss recommendations on how to be happy, and therefore, achieve success, and how to overcome barriers to having more optimistic days in the workplace, and in your personal life.
Regular exercise is considered to be a good old-fashioned, preventive practice that helps people “be healthy” and prevent many conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and many other conditions. On this episode, we want to take a moment and answer the question - why do people really work out? It can’t always be just to be healthy, especially given many social pressures to appear a certain way, and evidence that sheds light on the fact that overweight people and short people get paid less, in comparison to their tall and thin co-workers (according to Forbes), and that women are attracted more to muscular men (according to MensHealth). It may very well be the case that people work out - to look good and fit in, more so than “to be healthy”, which can in turn, result in unhealthy behaviors.
According to an article published on the Huffington Post, children who have good relationships with their fathers and feel loved by them, tend to have fewer behavioral problems, and appear to engage in alcohol and drug abuse far less. Conversely, when fathers are less engaged, children are more likely to dropout of school earlier and exhibit behavioral and substance abuse issues. We have noticed that presently, there is a gap in the literature regarding the importance of the relationship between fathers and their sons. On today’s episode, we are joined by Dr. Antonio M. Harrison, founder of Renaissance Behavior LLC, which is an organization that builds, fosters, and nourishes a healthy relationship between fathers and sons.
In 2016, a researcher from Columbia University’s Teachers College published a study which discovered that high-school students’ science grades improved after they learned about the struggles of renowned scientists, such as Einstein and Marie Curie, while students who only knew about scientists’ successes, experienced declines in their grades. On this episode, we explore the concepts of goal setting and failures, setbacks and achievements, and how struggling has helped us in our professional and personal endeavors.
StrengthsQuest™ (SQ) is a program that helps people learn what they do best, and then how to build our studies, careers, and lives--capitalizing on those talents. The program focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses and can help individuals benefit personally and professionally.
On this episode, we had the pleasure of being joined by Gallup Strengths and Life Coach, Rosann Santos. We talked about the program, motivation, empowerment and how the program can also help you in your professional and academic endeavors.
According to a Gallup poll from 2013, 70% of those surveyed either hated their jobs or were completely disengaged! From experiencing issues with superiors or teammates, to lack of purpose-focused work, there are many reasons why people these days may be unhappy with their place of employment. On today’s episode, we present a simple and insightful way of determining, not which job will consider you to be a good fit, but rather, which workplace will be a good fit for you!
According to the German market research company Statista, some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions for 2018 included eating healthier, exercising more, saving more money, and focusing on self care and wellness. However, as we have learned from New Year’s resolution articles of previous years, most people don’t adhere to their commitments. On today’s episode, we share our resolutions for 2018, why in general, resolutions are so difficult to maintain and what you can do to stay committed!
Since the 1930s, the 12-step treatment approach to overcoming alcohol addiction has been a standard for recovery, and has also been incorporated by many other groups that help people overcome certain additions. Some of the other addictions where the 12-step treatment approach have been applied to includes: narcotics anonymous, gamblers anonymous, sex addicts anonymous and self-mutilators anonymous. On today’s episode, we discuss our opinions on the efficacy of these and similar programs, along with challenges that have made it a little difficult to study the program’s effectiveness in treating these and other addictions.
According to an article found on Inc.com, being consistent brings many benefits, including facilitating measurement, creating accountability, establishing your reputation, making you relevant, and maintaining your message. On today’s episode, we discuss why consistency (in both your personal and professional life ) matters
Habits. They can often be an annoyance to some, but the source of persistence and resiliency in others. On today’s episode, we will explore good habits, bad habits, why they form and how to change them!
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Blog By: Maisha H. Okae*
Can money buy happiness? Many would agree that that certainly is the case!
However, our preliminary research has taught us that there are also economists, happiness researchers and psychologist survey data which shows that social forces have influenced the extent to which money can buy happiness. Some of these social forces can include increases in the number of hours worked, turnover in employment and perhaps even differences in marriage and divorce rates.
According to a 2001 article in the New York Times, between 1970 to 1999, survey results showed that the average American family received a 16% raise, however the percentage of people who identified as “very happy” dropped from 36% to 29%. The article also alludes to the fact that compared to the 1970’s, women are happier than men today because more women are in the workforce.
Psychologists, however, have stated that perception of happiness is based on self-evaluation, hence, when that perception shifts, it is difficult to quantify happiness from a definite standpoint and how it relates to money!
Money may appear to be a driving force for happiness, in certain situations. For instance, money can make a big difference to the poor, but a wealthier person may need a lot more money to shift their state of happiness. An article found on WebMD shows that people from developing countries are happier than those from developed countries. The US, which has the highest income, is the 16th when it comes to life satisfaction and the 26th for positive feelings!
The article also shows that money determines happiness, but, there is no statistical evidence that money buys happiness. It is hypothesized that you begin to be at a “happy level” when you are at an annual salary of $75,000. The attribution of money to happiness could be relative to the time, space and personal emotional standing at the time of the survey. We believe that one survey cannot be used across board to reflect every group and level of happiness, because there are different levels at which money affects relationship. That is not to say, that there are also differences in the purchasing power of $75,000 across state lines, and income can also be affected by number of people this income provides sustenance for, as an example.
Per the WebMD article, money can buy happiness indirectly since money is a means to engage in activities that could make you happy. However, this may not apply to developing countries! The study shows that the relationship between money and happiness depends on one’s perception of happiness; but, I think there’s much more to a happy life than just money. Positive feelings, self-esteem, low incidences of corruption, and quality of social relationships, can also make life more enjoyable. A higher income country does not necessarily mean it’s citizens will report higher happiness or positive feelings. On that same note, people from poor countries may not necessarily be unhappy. While there is no general prescription for happiness, and money is not a guarantee that people will be happy, the availability of money increases the probability of a person’s happiness since money helps one to meet needs. It is worthy to note that Leon Festinger, an American social psychologist who developed the cognitive dissonance theory, states that individuals tend to conform to their beliefs and opinion, but something changes when there is some level of disparity between attitudes and behavior, which alters self-perception – which surfaces the question, is “happiness” a completely subjective idea?
What do you think? Does money really buy happiness or do social forces influence the extent to which money can buy happiness or both. Is the experience of money and happiness, rather geographical, genetic, or perception based?
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*Maisha H. Okae is a Research Associate at Ology Research Group. She is presently a doctoral student, pursuing her PhD degree in the Social Sciences with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution studies. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Diplomacy and Conflict Management.