Welcome to the "W" page! This page is dedicated to Wellbeing in the Workplace, via Workshops and Webinars.
Who we are:
A few words of introduction are in order: Thanks to the support of numerous volunteers specializing in such fields as organizational psychology, neuroscience and education, and a generous in-kind grant from Google, our nonprofit provides free science-based information on psychological wellbeing for private and public institutions around the world. Proceeds from our corporate educational programs are reinvested in the scientific work necessary to keep our information accurate and up-to-date. If you are interested in data-driven strategies that require a little hard work, as opposed to "Happiness Inc." hype, easily identifiable by claims of immediate gratification, (and not based on randomized, controlled studies), you have arrived at the right place.
What we do
Many studies have come out during the past year indicating that job satisfaction around the world is declining. In a recent survey performed by Mental Health America, 63% of workers indicated that job stress had a significant effect on their mental or behavioral health, and that 71% of employees are actively or considering looking for a new job. Employees cited lack of supervisor support, lack of recognition, issues with work-life balance, and feeling alone as causes of their disengagement. Healthy and happy workplaces create engaged and satisfied employees.
Our team regularly convenes workshops and educational programs on employee / job satisfaction. These have been convened around the world for corporations such as Google, Mediamax, and the China Accelerator. Our employee satisfaction workshops provide a unique opportunity for your employees and management staff to become more aware of the research and application of psychological science in the areas of human happiness, positive psychology and mental well-being in general. We will teach your managers how to foster trust, communication, and a culture of happiness within your workplace.
1. Managers attending this workshop are provided with resources on psychological science in the areas of human happiness, positive psychology and mental well-being.
2. Managers attending this workshop will identify their own strengths, talents, and purposes – and develop their own personal well-being habits.
3. Managers will learn to apply positive management techniques to increase employee wellbeing, engagement, and morale.
Mark Setton, D.Phil Oxford University
Mark is the co-founder and CEO of Pursuit of Happiness. Mark and his team design and teach educational programs on the science and implementation of well-being for academic institutions and corporations such as Google, Mediamax, the China Accelerator, Dartmouth College, etc. He is especially interested in recent scientific discoveries on well-being, as well as the remarkable resonance between modern science and ancient wisdom. He has studied and published works on East Asian philosophy for the past 30 years. He earned his B.A. and M.A. at Sungkyunkwan University, the only Confucian university in Asia. He has taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of California at Berkeley, Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate, and presently, the University of Bridgeport.
Dr. Kevin Young is a clinical psychologist who obtained his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from George Mason University. He is presently affiliated with the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he works to promote the well-being of providers, patients, and medical students via direct patient care, research, clinical supervision, and teaching. Dr. Young has published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles in the area of personality strengths and well-being promotion among clinical and non-clinical populations. He regularly presents at professional conferences, as well as within the community, and has served as consultant for various organizations, including Psychology Today and National Geographic.
Saira Qureshi MA, LMHC,
Saira is a licensed mental health counseling clinician in Rhode Island. She has taught psychology, child development and education courses at community colleges and universities in North East and New England. She holds a master’s degree in applied education psychology from NYU. Her research interests include: positive psychology correlates, life-span, character, and personality development, multicultural and gender studies topics, mindfulness, intelligence and effective teaching and learning. She has been working with Pursuit of Happiness team since 2014.