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Against Happiness
On the other hand, relating happiness to genes was just another way to stress the main idea: that non-individual factors play a rather insignificant role in the well-being of any person (roughly 10 percent). Indeed, playing down ― when not merely neglecting ― the role that objective circumstances might play in determining people’s happiness has been one of the hallmarks of the discipline since its very foundation.

One of the main areas that we develop in the book is the relationship between happiness, management, entrepreneurship, and labor. We develop the argument that happiness has become a useful strategy to justify implicit organizational hierarchies of control and submission to corporate culture.

Where workplaces promise more empowerment and emancipation from corporate control, a closer look at organizational realities shows that promoting “happiness at work” has been particularly effective in doing precisely the opposite. Workplace happiness has, indeed, come in handy to push responsibility downward, hence making employees more accountable for their own successes and failures, as well as for those of the company. Workplace happiness has also proved convenient to get more commitment and performance from workers, often for relatively fewer rewards; to sideline the importance of objective working conditions when it comes to job satisfaction, including salaries; or to encourage employees to act autonomously at the same time that they are obliged to comply with a company’s expectations, to identify with organizational values, and to show acquiescence and conformity to corporate norms.

We certainly need hope and goals worth pursuing, but we need it without the numbing, tyrannical, conformist and almost religious optimism that comes with happiness. We need a kind of happiness based on critical analysis, social justice, and collective action, one that is not paternalistic, that does not decide what is good for us on our behalf, and that does not turn against the most vulnerable. We need a kind of happiness that does not consist of being obsessed with our interiority and inner selves, because interiority is no place where we want to build and spend our lives ― and it is certainly not the place from where we will be able to achieve any significant social change either.
happiness  well-being  psychology  mindfulness 
11 weeks ago by jstenner
Nicola Sturgeon: Why governments should prioritize well-being | TED Talk
In 2018, Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand established the network of Wellbeing Economy Governments to challenge the acceptance of GDP as the ultimate measure of a country's success. In this visionary talk, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon explains the far-reaching implications of a "well-being economy" -- which places factors like equal pay, childcare, mental health and access to green space at its heart -- and shows how this new focus could help build resolve to confront global challenges.
well-being  politics  ted 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Early Life Circumstance and Adult Mental Health | Journal of Political Economy: Vol 127, No 4
"We show that psychological well-being in adulthood varies with circumstance in early life. Combining a time series of real producer prices of cocoa with a nationally representative household survey in Ghana, we find that a one standard deviation rise in the cocoa price in early life decreases the likelihood of severe mental distress in adulthood by 3 percentage points (half the mean prevalence) for cohorts born in cocoa-producing regions relative to those born in other regions. Impacts on related personality traits are consistent with this result. Maternal nutrition, reinforcing childhood investments, and adult circumstance are likely operative channels of impact."
JPE  ghana  mental-health  well-being  to:read 
july 2019 by MarcK
Well-Being Work Culture At Schneider Electric
Developing a culture of well-being is very important to Schneider Electric, as we believe that focusing on mental and physical health is essential for keeping our employees happy and healthy. Learn more about our well-being programs and why they are such an important part of our work culture!
well-being  work  culture 
july 2019 by Adventure_Web
Where Seattle region ranks in major well-being study (hint, we suck) - seattlepi.com
Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life
Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

Seattle: good on money and have good health.
Not good with feelings of having purpose, pride in community and supportive relationships.
Seattle Rankings:
Physical: 51
Financial: 53
Community: 105
Social: 124
purpose: 146

Portland worse on all except Social

Community: 21
Purpose: 100
Physical: 123
Financial: 134
Social: 140
well-being  seattle  boise  gallup 
may 2019 by JohnDrake
Please wait until I am done! Longitudinal effects of work interruptions on employee well-being: Work & Stress: Vol 0, No 0
Work interruptions are contemporary job stressors that occur frequently in the workplace. Theories on work interruptions and the stressor–strain relationship over time suggest that work interruptions should have a lagged negative effect on well-being. However, we argue that continued changes in work interruptions may also be important for employees’ well-being. We investigated the mid- and long-term effects of work interruptions on employee job satisfaction and psychosomatic complain...
working  well-being 
march 2019 by marlened
The secrets of the world's happiest cities | Society | The Guardian
(re. Happy City by Charles Montgomery):
> As much as we complain about other people, there is nothing worse for mental health than a social desert. The more connected we are to family and community, the less likely we are to experience heart attacks, strokes, cancer and depression. Connected people sleep better at night. They live longer. They consistently report being happier.
> There is a clear connection between social deficit and the shape of cities. A Swedish study found that people who endure more than a 45-minute commute were 40% more likely to divorce. People who live in monofunctional, car‑dependent neighbourhoods outside urban centres are much less trusting of other people than people who live in walkable neighbourhoods where housing is mixed with shops, services and places to work.
> A couple of University of Zurich economists, Bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer, compared German commuters' estimation of the time it took them to get to work with their answers to the standard wellbeing question, "How satisfied are you with your life, all things considered?"
cities  happiness  well-being  p33507  Montgomery 
march 2019 by spencertree
Hawaii Tops U.S. in Wellbeing for Record 7th Time
The Well-Being Index score for the nation and for each state comprises metrics affecting overall wellbeing and each of the five essential elements of wellbeing:

Career: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

Idaho= 22 overall, yet 3 for Community
gallup  well-being  idaho  community 
february 2019 by JohnDrake
New UNICEF report ranks children’s well-being in 29 of world’s richest countries | UN News
> The Netherlands, along with four Nordic countries – Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – top a United Nations list released today, which ranks children’s well-being in 29 industrialized countries, while Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain are at the bottom.
> The rankings are part of a UN Children’s Fund study entitled ‘Report Card 11: Child well-being in rich countries,’ which charts the achievements of the world’s most advanced economies from 2000-2010.
> The study found that child poverty in these countries is particularly susceptible to governments’ policies, and warns against measures that cut services and protection to children, as they are a highly vulnerable part of the population.
children  countries  UN  UNICEF  well-being  poverty 
february 2019 by spencertree

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