HappyWays Podcast | Happiness at Work | The art of

HappyWays Podcast | Happiness at Work | The art of

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The HappyWays podcast shares down-to-earth advice on crafting a better workday for yourself and the people at your workplace. Hosted by Jon Kjaer Nielsen, a veteran speaker and published author on happiness at work, this podcast will give you the insights to be happier at work. In the shows you'll hear findings from science as well as inspiring stories from individuals in organizations that have taken steps to create a happier and more successful workday. The podcast is relevant to anyone looking to improve on the quality of their workday by taking small steps that work. Managers, leaders and human resource professionals who want an alternative to the "usual suspects" of business books will also find the podcast useful and with specific actionable advice. Jon Kjaer Nielsen holds a Master of Science degree from the Technical University of Denmark, has a background in Human Resources and has been an independent consultant and speaker since 2006.

Episodes

HW 019: The good old days - on Rosy Retrospection  

Science shows that people consistently rate past experiences better that they actually did at the time, something called Rosy Retrospection. This is true for holidays where it rained a lot, it's true of past job and past relatonships, and it's true when you look at your country and where you grew up. Things really were better before! Right...?

In this episode Jon rambles on about situations where the Rosy Retrospection rears it's pretty head, and he trieds to give a few pointers to how you can be a bit more careful when choosing your future.

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

HW 018: Tips for a stress-free vacation  

It's summer, and your host is planning to go on vacation. In preparing for a month of riding Europe on his motorbike, Jon shares his approach to really taking time off and not working.

In this episode you'll hear though on:

- How to set things up so you can be away
- How to not work while away
- How to come back without instantly being on high alart and stressed.

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

HW 017: Hacking productivity for happiness part 2  

Part 2 in the series on productivity talks about procrastination and how we ofte get distracted from doing the important stuff... stuff like recording this episode! The show then moves on to cover how there is no longer a link between hours spent working and the results we create, and so adding more hours is not the answer to productivity.

Worrying and putting things off is another issue covered, and finally the show looks into the Eisenhower Method, or Matrix, and how we tend to spend too much or our time on urgent things, instead of dealing with the really important issues.

Books mentioned on the show:

Eat that frog, by Brian Tracy.
https://www.amazon.com/Eat-That-Frog-Great-Procrastinating/dp/1576754227

Rework, by Jason Fried from 37signals:
https://www.amazon.com/Rework-Jason-Fried/dp/0307463745

Please share your experiences or questions on productivity. Email Jon at: jon@happyways.com

HW016: Hacking productivity for happiness part 1  

This is part 1 in a series on personal productivity. For show notes and a text version, go to http://happyways.com/productivity

Most people seem to be struggling with getting enough done, or with finding the right "work/life balance", and this topic has been of special internst to Jon over the years. In this episode Jon looks at a brief history of Time Management (read more in this article: http://www.brighthub.com/office/home/articles/76908.aspx) and he establishes some fundamental principles that we must follow regarding the overload of work facing us, as well as our futile attemt to "get it all done".

The episode ends with an introduction on using a timer to increase your focus, and it asks the listener to reflect on how they're actually dong at work.

Mentioned on this episode:

Ray Cronise and the Thermogenics blog:
http://hypothermics.com/

Steven Covey: “The 7 habits of highly effective people”:
http://www.amazon.com/Habits-Highly-Effective-People-Powerful/dp/1451639619/

David Allen: Getting Things Done:
http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity/dp/0143126563

One Minute Manager, by Ken Blanchard:
http://www.amazon.com/New-One-Minute-Manager-LP/dp/006239312X

Pomodoro Technique:
http://www.amazon.com/Pomodoro-Technique-Illustrated-Pragmatic-Life

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

HW 015: Giving experiences as recognition, with Blueboard  

Blueboard is a San Francisco based startup helping clients use experiences as recognition, in place of traditional methods like the classic (and boring) Amazon gift card.

On todays' show Jon interveiws Blueboard founders Taylor Smith and Kevin Yip. Topics include why experience based reconnitions is so powerful, and how millenials have different needs than more senior employees.

Find BlueBoard online:

http://blueboard.com and on Twitter: @blueboard

Mentioned on the show:

Google Founder Awards:
https://business.linkedin.com/talent-solutions/blog/2015/07/google-found-out-that-giving-its-employees-trips-to-hawaii-is-better-than-1m-awards

Gallups' State of the Global Workplace report: http://www.gallup.com/services/178517/state-global-workplace.aspx

Book recommendations:

Punished by Reward, by Alfie Kohn:
http://www.alfiekohn.org/punished-rewards

Drive, the surprising truth about what motivates us, by Dan Pink: http://www.danpink.com/books/drive

Eat Mor Chicken - Inspire More People, by S. Truett Cathy: http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Mor-Chikin-Inspire-People/dp/1929619081

 

You can also find all the links for todays show at http://happyways.com/blueboard

 

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

HW 014: On digital stress and detoxing  

As more and more studies show, being constantly connected via our computers and smartphones can lead to stress and anxiety. Facebook Stress is now a thing!

This episode explores the issue and looks at both consequences and possible solutions. It ends with Jon going on a Media Detox himself, and you are invited to join.

Links from the show:

https://getcoldturkey.com - ColdTurkey increases productivity by blocking browsers and apps.

http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-anxiety-of-facebook - a solid article referencing several studies on anxiety and social media.

http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/01/15/social-media-and-stress - another article on stress and social media, including the “cost of caring” effect, and how it’s different for men and women.

For the full text for the suggested “Media Detox” homework get the free ebook The Happy Dozen here: http://happyways.com/thehappydozen

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

HW 013: A year traveling as a digital nomad  

Jon Kjaer Nielsen shares his experiences and learning points from one full year of living and working as a digital nomad. On the show he shares the concerns his friend had, including the humorous "aren't you afraid you'll gain weight?".

For notes, links and pictures from the year of traveling, go to http://happyways.com/podcast

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

HW 012: The Trees Remember  

This is a special episode of the HappyWays Podcast.

In the early summer of 2015 Jon rode through beautiful Croatia on a motorcycle, and on the trip he was inspired to write a speech. What follows is a recording of that speech, along with a short introduction.

You can find an article based on the speech at http://HappyWays.com/trees along with some photoes from the trip.

If you want to support Jons' message of peace, please share this podcast or the article with your friends.

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

HW 011: On gratitude and stolen iPhones  

Following the theft of his iPhone, Jon looks at different strategies for taking a bad turn of events and responding in such a way that it does not end up killing your happiness.

Resources mentioned:

The books "Learned Optimism" as well as "Flourish" by psychologist Martin Selingman are availeble everywhere.

They contains tips such as the What Went Well exercise, and notes on keeping a gratitude journal.

"Positivity" by Barbera Fredricson is also a good read.

"Radical acceptance" by Tara Brach goes a step further and borrows from buddism.

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon?

Email him at: jon@happyways.com

HW 010: Happiness Advantage Book Review  

This episode provides an extensive review of the book The Happiness Advantage, by Harvard researcher Shawn Achor.

You can get the book on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Happiness-Advantage-Principles-Performance/dp/0307591549

 

...and on Audible:

http://www.audible.com/pd/Business/The-Happiness-Advantage-Audiobook/B0041NZRDC

 

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

HW 009: Stress, sex and relationships  

The first HappyWays interview is with sexologist and couples therapist Maj Wissmann.

We discuss the nature of stress and some of the misconceptions in handling it.

Also covered in depth is the effect work related stress can have on your personal relationship as well as your libido.

For further reading, visit these articles by Maj Wismann:

On stress and sex drive:
http://www.majwismann.com/stress-and-sex-drive

On libido and what influezes it:
http://www.majwismann.com/the-truth-about-libido

Book recommendation:
The Upside Of Stress, by psychologist Kellt McGonigal
http://www.amazon.com/The-Upside-Stress-Why-Good/dp/1583335617

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

HW 008: Ask Me Anything - Happiness At Work 101  

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon?

Email him at: jon@happyways.com

The Motivation-Hygene Theory:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-factor_theory

Maslow and his hirarcy of needs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs

Mayo and the Hawthorne Studies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elton_Mayo#Hawthorne_Studies

Book recommendation:
Happy Money: The science of happier spending, by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton

http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Money-Science-Happier-Spending/dp/1451665075

 

HW 007: Why I Hate Email  

Research by Dr. Thomas Jackson http://homepage.ntlworld.com/cotwj1/top5downloads.html

 

The Atos Group, in The Guardian: We spend 40% of our workday on internal mail:

http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2012/dec/17/ban-staff-email-halton-housing-trust

 

Researcher Gloria Mark on email-induced stress, in FastCompany:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3036061/the-future-of-work/you-arent-imagining-it-email-is-making-you-more-stressed-out

 

Lee Mallon from Rarelly Impossible, interviewed by the BBC:

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20150324-the-companies-that-banned-email

 

Business Insider talks about French company Atos, who came off email:

http://www.businessinsider.com/company-bans-email-2011-12

HW 006: To Quit or not To Quit  

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon?

Email him at: jon@happyways.com

 

Article: Equal opportunity cheating

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/women-cheating-men-study/story?id=13885519

Book recommendations:

Goal-free living, by Steven Shapiro

http://www.amazon.com/Goal-Free-Living-Have-Life-Want/dp/0471772801

 

The Dice Man, by Luke Rhinehart

http://www.amazon.com/Dice-Man-Luke-Rhinehart/dp/0879518642/

 

HW005: On Structure Fetishes  

Find the show notes and talk part in the discussion at http://happyways.com/podcast

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

Danish book by Ole Ravn Jorgensen:
https://www.saxo.com/dk/soeg/boeger?query=tænk+fremtiden

 

 

HW 004: No revenge at work  

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

The Murder of Kitty Genovese:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese

HW 001: Best advice you'll ever get  

Do you have a comment or a question for Jon? Email him at: jon@happyways.com

HW 000: About this podcast  

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