Happier at Work: The Power of Love to Transform the Workplace

Happier at Work: The Power of Love to Transform the Workplace

by Gayle Van Gils


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The American workplace has become toxic to mental, emotional, and physical health. A book for our complex and challenging times, Happier at Work offers a practical path for leaders and employees to shift a culture of fear and reactivity to one of communication and collaboration. Mindfulness and compassion come naturally to all of us, as does a fundamental goodness; in these pages, readers will discover how to access that true nature. Van Gils also explores the science behind practices that not only decrease stress, overwhelm, and chronic illness but also develop authentic, emotionally fit leaders and a compassionate workplace. Accessible and inspiring, Happier at Work is a guide to a transformed workplace—one of enhanced creativity, innovation, engagement, performance, and joy!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631522048
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Pages: 225
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Gayle Van Gils is a mindfulness educator and the founder of the consulting and coaching company Transform Your Culture. She has been practicing and teaching mindfulness for more than twenty-five years, and is a senior meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. She leads contemplative seminars on personal, business, and societal transformation, both in person and online, and has helped hundreds of people to find more peace, energy, inspiration, joy and success in their lives and businesses. Van Gils holds an MBA from UCLA and is a certified teacher for Search Inside Yourself, the neuroscience-based mindfulness and emotional intelligence program developed and proven at Google to improve leadership skill, innovation, collaboration, and happiness. She and her husband, Gerard, have two sons, Alex and Jonathan who are both musicians. When she is not busy working or practicing meditation, she loves to get her hands dirty in clay and create large sculptural pieces for her home and yard.

Table of Contents

Introduction; What's Love Got to Do with It?

Why Love? xvii

First Encounters with Compassion xviii

Mindfulness as a Key to Unlock the Heart xx

My Journey xxii

Chapter 1 You Are the Keys to Change

Problems in the Workplace 2

Your Important Role 9

Your Two Selves 12

Your World and You 21

Chapter 2 Un-Stress Your Workday

The Value of Silence 28

Learning to Pause and Focus 30

Mindfulness 32

Discovering Inner Space 37

Stress and How to Work with It 43

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness 46

Chapter 3 Transform the Energy of Fear

Causes of Fear at Work 51

The Neuroscience of Fear 57

Facing Your Fear 58

The Courage to Change 65

Chapter 4 Listen and Be Heard

Gossip and Rumors 70

Electronic Communication 72

The Power of Curiosity 74

Relax, Be Gentle, and Let More In 81

Intuition and Decision Making 84

Chapter 5 Be Kind to Yourself

Values and the Seven Levels of Personal Consciousness 92

Practicing Self-Compassion and Loving Kindness 97

Honoring Your Worth 102

The Happiness Connection 104

Resilience and Well-Being 109

Chapter 6 Connect and Succeed

We Are a Social Species 115

Shifting from "Me" to "We" 118

Empathy and Compassion 122

Compassion in Business 129

Success with Compassion 133

Chapter 7 Radiate Confidence

Unconditional Confidence 138

Emotional Intelligence 141

Invite Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation 148

Communication Beyond Hope and Fear 151

Chapter 8 Engage and Thrive

Inspire and Motivate Action 158

Love and Joy at Work 161

Creating a Compassionate Culture 167

Meaningful Work, Flow and Joy 174

New Possibilities for You and Work 177

Appendix A Table of Exercises and Practices 183

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