A short animated video exploring how research by CEP (The Centre for Economic Performance at LSE University), directed by Lord Richard Layard, has contributed to establishing happiness as a desirable and measurable goal of public policy in the UK and worldwide.
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Did you know that happier people live longer and are less likely to catch colds? Or that optimists have a 77% lower risk of heart disease than pessimists? Here are all the ways your mood affects your physical health, in one infographic.
Are you too self-critical? Research shows that people who have compassion for themselves are happier, more optimistic, and more grateful. This infographic from Happify shows you how to get there.
Did you know that doubling your number of friends has the same effect on your well-being as a 50% increase in income? Research shows that strong social bonds are one of the most important factors to our health and happiness. See how your friendships impact your well-being in this infographic, and get tips for strengthening those relationships today!
This engaging animated video, from the RSA Animate series, asks: How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem - and could it also be part of the solution? It looks at how we use technology at work, and importantly how we use office space. It calls for a culture of trust betwen between employers and employees, and among employees. Employers need to have the confidence to empower employees to take control of how they work.
It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. This booklet suggests 10 practical ways to look after your mental health. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice. Why not start today?
It's often said that it's better to give than receive but did you know that this is actually backed up by research? The UK faces challenging and unstable times with volatile economic markets and job uncertainty. Many people say they feel too stressed and busy to worry about helping others or say they will focus on doing good deeds when they have more ‘spare time’ but the evidence shows that helping others is beneficial forpeople’s mental health and wellbeing. It can help: - reduce stress - improve emotional wellbeing - benefit physical health - bring a sense of belonging and reduce isolation - get rid of negative feelings
'Well-being' has become one of the most over-used phrases in the English language. It helps sell anything from yogurt to holidays, pillows to pills. For some people the phrase refers to levels of happiness, while others think of it as a healthy body and mind. The government has even started a well-being index intended to gauge the quality of life of people in the UK, as well as environmental and sustainability issues and even the country's economic performance. This guide gives advice on the wide range of attempts being made to promote 'well-being'. It will help reps tackle management when work and work practices are likely to be the cause of workforce ill health.
A global analysis of how organisations are implementing wellness initiatives to create long-term employee health behavior change. The Global Corporate Challenge surveyed health and wellness managers from 378 organisations across all continents and a broad spectrum of industries including: Government, FMCG, Banking, Accounting, I.T, Manufacturing, Mining and more to deliver an in-depth analysis of the current state of workplace health and wellness. Changing health behaviours for the long-term is critical to reducing the developed world’s soaring obesity rate, incidence of chronic disease and their fiscal and cultural impact to organizations. This report provides insight on how organizations are approaching long-term health behavior change and highlights the key successes and challenges these 378 organisations face in the workplace today. The opinions and experiences shared provide a comprehensive global analysis of workplace health and wellness, with key insights for organizations to consider for their strategy and implementation of wellness initiatives.
The Well-being at work report summarises the strongest evidence on the factors that influence well-being at work, along with possible implications for employers. It presents examples of how organisations leading the way in terms of fostering well-being at work are addressing these factors. It outlines how certain features of individuals’ working lives have varying degrees of influence over the various aspects of well-being – from increasing a sense of purpose, to promoting positive emotions, morale, motivation, overall job satisfaction and even life satisfaction. Based on statistical evidence, the report concludes that: • Getting the right work-life balance is an effective way of avoiding stress at work. • It is possible to maximise overall organisational well-being through a re-evaluation of how salaries are distributed among employees. • Organisations can adopt certain approaches towards job security that help their staff achieve higher levels of job satisfaction. • Working with employees to ensure they have a sense that their job is achievable can lead to greater job satisfaction, as well as higher levels of morale. • Management behaviour seems to be highly important, with some management styles more successful than others at strengthening well-being at work. • Creating a safe working environment and a sense of the social value of the work of the organisation, may increase employees’ feelings of job satisfaction. • Good levels of job-fit and skill-use, and opportunities to develop new skills, can create high levels of employee satisfaction. • Helping employees to take greater control over their work can lead to better performance and greater job satisfaction. • Taking steps to improve relationships at work – with a particular focus on relationships between staff and managers – and encouraging positive feelings can improve both job and life satisfaction.
Work can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. Healthy and well-motivated employees can have an equally positive impact on the productivity and effectiveness of a business. This booklet helps you to understand the interaction between health and wellbeing and work by focusing on: the relationships between line managers and employees the importance of getting employees involved job design, flexible working and the use of occupational health. "Managing health, work and wellbeing is the responsibility of both the employer and the employee." We also take a closer look at mental health, musculoskeletal disorders and stress. There are sample policies for managing alcohol and drug problems at Appendix 2. The booklet does not deal in detail with an employer's statutory health and safety responsibilities.
One of the most important roles a trade union can play is to ensure the welfare, health and safety of its members. For nearly two hundred years this has been one of the 'added values' of trade union organisation. Independent academic evidence shows that trade union safety representatives can make the workplace twice as safe as those workplaces that don't recognise a union.
This TED talk by Rick Hanson, Author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, shows you how to tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to change your brain and your life for the better. Hardwiring Happiness shows how you can beat the brain’s negativity bias, which is like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones. This bias evolved to help ancient animals survive, but today it makes us feel needlessly frazzled, worried, irritated, lonely, inadequate, and blue. Instead, in just a few seconds at a time in the flow of daily life, you can turn your experiences – the pleasure in a cup of coffee, the accomplishment in finishing a tricky email, the warmth from a friend’s smile – into lasting inner strengths built into your brain, such as resilience, balance, and positive emotions. Grounded in neuroscience, Hardwiring Happiness is super practical, full of easy-to-use methods and guided practices to grow a steady well-being, self-worth, and inner peace. And it has special sections on children, motivation, relationships, trauma, and spiritual practice.
Ecotherapy is an intervention that improves mental and physical health and wellbeing by supporting people to be active outdoors: doing gardening, food growing or environmental work. This report provides the people who plan, commission and provide health and social care services with compelling evidence for providing ecotherapy services that can: help people look after their mental wellbeing, support people who may be at risk of developing a mental health problem, help the recovery of people with existing mental health problems.
This booklet is an introduction to ecotherapy, a range of nature-based programmes that can help support your mental wellbeing. It describes the different types of programmes available, their benefits and how to join them.
The aim of the Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing has been to advise the Government on how to achieve the best possible mental development and mental wellbeing for everyone in the UK in the future. The Project has used the best available scientific evidence to develop a vision for: the opportunities and challenges facing the UK over the next 20 years and beyond, and the implications for everyone’s mental development and mental wellbeing; signposts to what we all need to do to meet the challenges ahead – Government, individuals and business.
We all have a variety of stressors in our lives. How we handle-or don't handle-these stressful situations goes a long ways toward defining our quality of life. Here are 50 creative and effective techniques you can use to minimize the negative impact of the things that stress you.
Very few people feel confident and equipped to manage stress in others. This PDF provides a useful guide on recognising stress in individuals and teams, and how to manage an employee who may be suffering from stress.
More than one-third of American workers experience chronic work stress, with low salaries, lack of opportunity for advancement and heavy workloads topping the list of contributing factors, according to a new national survey by the American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence.