A handful of stressors and internal psychodynamics derail the happiness of normal people like you and me. Fortunately, rigorous science and psychology can be applied to this problem.
Happiness at Work: Mindfulness, Analysis and Well-being tells you what to apply, how to apply and why it works. It is utterly simplistic to wish away external stressors. However, are you taking the best decisions about them? Everyone gets some of their decisions wrong, aver the behavioral economists, as universal distortions are always at work. We can deploy some decision-making paradigms to minimize these distortions. We are beset with individual distortions too, as we are wired with certain tendencies and default modes. As soon as you understand the source and dynamics of these individual distortions, you would begin to heal. Your everyday errors, interpersonal interactions, nighttime dreams and body language, all give useful clues to this wiring. On top of this insight, you can build a fine temperament of mindfulness about your body, mind and interactions as well as your entire life. This would lead to peak emotional and mental wellness. Even as professionals leading busy lives, you would see the signs of progress yourself, in weeks and months. This is what ‘happiness at work’ is all about.
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About the Author
R. Anand is a practising HR leader with about two decades of experience. His keen study of human psychology and decisionmaking as well as his experience in counselling and developing hundreds of executives and thousands of professionals have been focused to answer this single questioncan regular professionals like us attain happiness? He believes that not a dogmatic approach but a scientific approach to this question would help us achieve this.He has received international and national acclaim for introducing social HR, alignment of individual drivers and the employee life cycle with engagement and performance as well as for skill and leadership development.He has spoken at various TV shows and has published and has been featured in national journals, newspapers and magazines as well as international journals. An alumnus of IIT Madras and XLRI Jamshedpur, Anand serves on the National Board of NHRDN. Heading global people practices, integration of an acquired business and hire-to-retire management of 27,000 professionals across 22 countries are responsibilities he discharged as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, at HCL Technologies. He is transitioning to be an independent consultant on HR, organizational effectiveness and in the development of a technology-assisted individual well-being protocol.
Table of Contents
Foreword by S. Y. SiddiquiPrefaceAcknowledgementsNeedle in a HaystackDefining Well-beingThe StoicsThe PsychoanalystsThe Philosopher: Bertrand RussellThe Physician’s PerspectiveThe Positive PsychologistsMind–Body ConnectionPolicy and InstitutionsMy Stress ProfileOuter RealmInner RealmWell-being EnablersUnderstanding Our Sources of StressThe Outer Theatre FactorsFamily DynamicsParentingRelationship StressLack of Financial PredictabilityThe Deadly Commute24/7 WorkDeadlinesDealing with a Surfeit of InformationHealthDifficult Boss, Office Politics and CompetitionConnecting Outer and Inner RealmsHow Do I Know That I Am Stressed?Well-being Beyond External CircumstancesAnxiety about the FutureExercises for Overcoming AnxietyGrief about the PastExercises to Overcome Grief of the PastDiscomfort with Present CircumstanceEffectively Dealing with Present-moment StressorsDo I Know Myself Well Enough?Universal DistortionsAnchoring or PrimingOvercoming Anchoring or PrimingBase Rate NeglectOvercoming Base Rate NeglectLoss AversionOvercoming Loss AversionSome Combination Distortions: The Choice ArchitectureOvercoming Choice ArchitectureMental Accounting‘Focusing’ and ‘End of History Illusion’Personal DistortionsFreudian SchoolTransactional AnalysisRituals, Pasttimes, Games and ScriptsMy Working Self: A Personalized AnalysisWhy and How We TransactHow Do We Break Free?Games We PlayA Journal of Mistakes, Forgetfulness and ErrorsWell-being Through Dream AnalysisWhy We Sleep?Why We Dream?Retrieving and Recording Your DreamsCarrying Out Dream AnalysisDreams Are Wish FulfillmentsMy Body as a Well-being CompassBody LanguageBio-chemical Markers of Well-beingBlue Zones and Longevity Moderate, Regular Physical Activity Life Purpose Stress Reduction Diet Pro-social FocusMore Biological Markers Cultivating Pro-social Behaviours Compassion-Temple Exercise Collective Prayer Gratitude Mental Subtraction and SavouringMeditation: Why, When and How It Works?Types of MeditationVipassana Why Does It Lead to Well-being?Zen MeditationTranscendental MeditationVichara: Inquiry into IdentityCan Hobbies Be Meditation?The Common ThreadThe Route and Milestones to Well-beingHow We Came Here?Can We Measure Our Progress? What Next?Evolving the Well-being ProtocolBibliography