While psychology has been a recognized science for a century, positive psychology has only been rigorously studied for the last 20 years.
It wasn’t until Martin Seligman, as the president of the APA, called for its study in 1998, that psychology and neuroscience began compiling an objective, scientific understanding of the major factors underpinning human fulfillment and happiness.
And this new focus of psychological study has become known by the names Positive Psychology and/or The Science of Happiness.
The good news is that psychology has not only discovered the major factors of fulfillment and happiness, but has learned how to systematically improve them to create positive outcomes, both for individuals and organizations.
Dr. Cathy Greenberg is among a handful of experts who pioneered the organizational and workplace application of The Science of Happiness, as detailed in her book, What Happy Companies Know.
And, very briefly, what happy companies know is this:
Organizationally this means that happy companies:
Unsurprisingly, The Science of Happiness dovetails with the Fearless Leaders Coaching Model perfectly because they are both routed in the rigorous, scientific study of positive psychology and individual empowerment.
And also because, from an institutional standpoint, one can almost be understood to depend upon the other.
And nothing short of courageous leadership can place the organizational focus on values and value creation above an exclusive obsession over short-term profit above all else.
It also takes resilience and perseverance to bounce back in the face of inevitable set-backs and difficulties, so that these things do not upset or overturn the culture and its values.
If happiness is an approach to life, that approach is embodied in the fearless leader’s mindset, and justifies their “mindset maniac” habit pattern.
What my earlier work on Happy Companies proved was the bottom-line, real-world results and outcomes that The Science of Happiness created within companies.
Here are just a few facts, figures and statistics that show these real-world results:
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