Quality-of-Life Management Issues in the News

Management QOL in the News - May 23, 2017

See the Cities Where You Can Be Happier With Less Money

Would you be happier with more money? Only up to a point, and that threshold depends on where you live, shows new research provided by Gallup to TIME. In Atlanta, happiness peaks among people making about $42,000 a year—the lowest price tag on happiness among cities analyzed. But in Seattle, New York City, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, it takes roughly $105,000 a year to reach the same level of happiness.

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Management QOL in the News - April 15, 2017

How A Well-Being Index For Cities Is Taking Shape In California

Santa Monica is already a pretty pleasant place to live, but now it’s working to become the first city in the U.S. to create a local well-being index to help the government gauge and respond to citizen happiness.

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Management QOL in the News - April 03, 2017

Which Personality Traits Are Most Predictive of Well-Being?

We all want more well-being in our lives. But which traits are most likely to be associated with well-being? This is an important question because it can help inform our decision to cultivate some aspects of our being over others, and can even inform culture-wide interventions to increase societal levels of well-being.

But in answering this question there are some important considerations. For one, what aspect of well-being are we talking about? In recent years, multiple aspects of well-being have been studied that go beyond the stereotypical smiling and positive vibes associated with happiness (see here for a review).

Read more here.

Management QOL in the News - March 25, 2017

Working class white Americans are now dying in middle age at faster rates than minority groups

In 2015, Princeton Professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton made global headlines after documenting a shocking rise in the proportion of white non-Hispanic Americans dying in middle age.

This year, as part of the Spring 2017 edition of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Professors Case and Deaton are following up on that research to further investigate the rise and its causes, examining midlife mortality rates of white non-Hispanics in the U.S. by geography, education, birth cohort, and more. You can read the full paper here.

Dividing the country into 1,000-plus regions, the authors find that the rate of “deaths of despair” (deaths by drugs, alcohol, and suicide) in midlife for white non-Hispanics rose in nearly every part of the country and at every level of urbanization—from deep rural areas to large central cities—hitting men and women similarly.

In 2000, the epidemic was centered in the southwest. By the mid-2000s it had spread to Appalachia, Florida, and the west coast. Today, it’s country-wide.

Read more at Brookings.

Management QOL in the News - March 21, 2017

World Happiness Report 2017

The first World Happiness Report was published in April, 2012, in support of the UN High Level Meeting on happiness and well-being. Since then the world has come a long way. Increasingly, happiness is considered to be the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy. In June 2016 the OECD committed itself “to redefine the growth narrative to put people’s well-being at the center of governments’ efforts”. In February 2017, the United Arab Emirates held a full-day World Happiness meeting, as part of the World Government Summit. Now on World Happiness Day, March 20th, we launch the World Happiness Report 2017, once again back at the United Nations, again published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and now supported by a generous three-year grant from the Ernesto Illy Foundation. Some highlights are as follows.

Read more at the World Happiness Report website.

Management QOL in the News - November 11, 2016

Presentations from the 2016 ISQOLS Conference

Advances in Well-Being: Methodological and Measurement Issues

Distinguishing Indicators of Human Well-Being from Ill-Being

The Psychology of Work-Life Balance

Betterment of the Human Condition Award

Management QOL in the News - October 13, 2016

How to Teach Happiness at School

By Ilona Boniwell

We can teach students crucial skills of well-being without overhauling the curriculum, Ilona Boniwell explains.

Health is part of every public-school education. But what is health? It's more than just nutrition and gym class.

As early as 1947, the World Health Organization defined health as a state of mental and social—not just physical—well-being. Today, more and more schools worldwide are integrating social-emotional learning into their curriculum, teaching skills such as self-awareness, empathy, and active listening.

Read more at Greater Good Science Center.

Six Ways to Get More Happiness for Your Money

By Kira M. Newman.

More than a decade of research looks at how our spending choices can make us happier—or leave us disappointed.

When we think about spending our money wisely, we usually focus on getting the best value for the lowest price. We comparison shop and download apps to find the latest discounts and deals; we’re seduced by the daily special or the limited-time offer.

But, for those of us lucky enough to have disposable income, what if we defined wise spending in terms of the happiness that it brings? That's a completely different way of thinking about our purchases, and one that we have little practice in.

Read more at Greater Good Science Center.

Management QOL in the News - September 27, 2016

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.

Read more at Business Insider.

Management QOL in the News - June 22, 2016

Rosling on Extreme Poverty

From "Don't Panic: How to End Poverty in 15 Years" with Hans Rosling. Aired on BBC2 in 2015

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Management QOL in the News - June 09, 2016

Why Rich People Aren’t as Happy as They Could Be

From Leadership & Management Guide, a Flipboard magazine by John W. Ancelet, Jr.

"I've been poor and I've been rich," quipped the comedian Sophie Tucker. "Rich is better." There is merit to Tucker’s argument. All else being equal,...

Read the full article at Harvard Business Review.

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