Happiness at Work: Mindfulness, Analysis and Well-being

Happiness at Work: Mindfulness, Analysis and Well-being

by R. Anand

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789352808052
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/17/2019
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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 question—can 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. Siddiqui
Preface
Acknowledgements
Needle in a Haystack
Defining Well-being
The Stoics
The Psychoanalysts
The Philosopher: Bertrand Russell
The Physician’s Perspective
The Positive Psychologists
Mind–Body Connection
Policy and Institutions
My Stress Profile
Outer Realm
Inner Realm
Well-being Enablers
Understanding Our Sources of Stress
The Outer Theatre Factors
Family Dynamics
Parenting
Relationship Stress
Lack of Financial Predictability
The Deadly Commute
24/7 Work
Deadlines
Dealing with a Surfeit of Information
Health
Difficult Boss, Office Politics and Competition
Connecting Outer and Inner Realms
How Do I Know That I Am Stressed?
Well-being Beyond External Circumstances
Anxiety about the Future
Exercises for Overcoming Anxiety
Grief about the Past
Exercises to Overcome Grief of the Past
Discomfort with Present Circumstance
Effectively Dealing with Present-moment Stressors
Do I Know Myself Well Enough?
Universal Distortions
Anchoring or Priming
Overcoming Anchoring or Priming
Base Rate Neglect
Overcoming Base Rate Neglect
Loss Aversion
Overcoming Loss Aversion
Some Combination Distortions: The Choice Architecture
Overcoming Choice Architecture
Mental Accounting
‘Focusing’ and ‘End of History Illusion’
Personal Distortions
Freudian School
Transactional Analysis
Rituals, Pasttimes, Games and Scripts
My Working Self: A Personalized Analysis
Why and How We Transact
How Do We Break Free?
Games We Play
A Journal of Mistakes, Forgetfulness and Errors
Well-being Through Dream Analysis
Why We Sleep?
Why We Dream?
Retrieving and Recording Your Dreams
Carrying Out Dream Analysis
Dreams Are Wish Fulfillments
My Body as a Well-being Compass
Body Language
Bio-chemical Markers of Well-being
Blue Zones and Longevity
Moderate, Regular Physical Activity
Life Purpose
Stress Reduction
Diet
Pro-social Focus
More Biological Markers
Cultivating Pro-social Behaviours
Compassion-Temple Exercise
Collective Prayer
Gratitude
Mental Subtraction and Savouring
Meditation: Why, When and How It Works?
Types of Meditation
Vipassana
Why Does It Lead to Well-being?
Zen Meditation
Transcendental Meditation
Vichara: Inquiry into Identity
Can Hobbies Be Meditation?
The Common Thread
The Route and Milestones to Well-being
How We Came Here?
Can We Measure Our Progress?
What Next?
Evolving the Well-being Protocol
Bibliography

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