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Interview met ‘Chief Happiness Officer’ Alexander Kjerulf

Alexander Kjerulf is de oprichter en ‘Chief Happiness Officer’ van Woohoo inc en expert op het gebied van geluk op het werk. Hij schrijft boeken over ‘happiness at work’, geeft workshops en presentaties op conferenties in meer dan 30 landen en werkt voor bedrijven als Hilton, Microsoft, LEGO, IKEA, Shell, HP and IBM. Binnenkort spreekt hij op 10 en 11 juni op de jaarlijkse conferentie ‘Happiness at work’ in Spanje, dat vorig jaar 1800 bezoekers trok. Hieronder een interview met hem dat onlangs verscheen op World HR Net.

Ques 1. You have been one of the most prominent advocates of “Happiness at work”. Tell us about this novel philosophy, what led you to the concept of inspiring people to acknowledge this fact? 

alexsidebar3Ans. Work takes up such a central part in our lives. We spend more of our waking hours at work than on anything else. And yet, many people are not happy at work. They work only because they have to, not because they want to.

I want to change that. I want to create a world where happiness at work is the rule and not the exception. I want to help workplaces become happy, so that people love to be there and can do great work!

Ques 2. How do you think happiness affects the overall productivity of an organization?

Ans. We know from many studies that happy companies make more money. This is because happy employees are more productive, more creative, more helpful and more motivated. They are also in better health and stay with the company longer.

Ques 3. In today’s cut throat competitive world, do you agree that it’s difficult to derive happiness in the medley of work pressure, goal setting, ROI and the like?

Ans. It is of absolutely harder to create a happy workplace in tough economic times or when the company is facing external pressure like string competition or rapid change in the market.

However, happiness is even more crucial in hard times, because only happy employees have the optimism, energy, creativity and openness we need to make the company succeed despite the challenges.

Ques 4. Happiness at work may reflect complacency. What is your take on this school of thought?

Ans. This is completely wrong. In fact, happy people are much more likely to give up in the face of challenges, because they are more pessimistic and have less energy and resilience.

Ques 5. Could you please share three simple steps to bring in work life happiness?

Screen-Shot-2015-05-22-at-13.00.56Ans. Step one is to choose happiness. Many people are stuck in the mistaken belief that work is stressful and unpleasant and just accept that. Don’t! If you’re unhappy at work, there’s something wrong.

Step two is to know yourself. Based on your best previous work experiences, what is it that makes you happy at work?

Step three is to do something. You can’t just wait for other people to make you happy, you have to take responsibility for your own happiness at work. And if you are not happy at work, there are only two options: Do something to become happy in the job you have or quit and find a new job where you can be happy.

Ques 6. Would you like to share any innovative HR initiative that a company took up to keep their employees motivated and happy?

Ans. The important thing for HR is to stop focusing on the traditional perks like gyms, massages, etc.

What really makes us happy at work is much simpler: It’s Results and Relationships. Results is about letting people do great work and appreciating them for it. Relationships is about making sure that people feel valued and connected to the workplace.

Ques 7. Work pressure, lack of appreciation, multitasking and still be happy. Easier said than done?

Ans. When work pressure is high, it’s even more vital to focus on results and relationships, so people know that they’re doing good work together with good people. This is difficult but necessary

Ques 8. A simple question here. How do you stay happy or what makes you happy?

Ans. I personally am happy at work when I can see that my work has an impact. When we inspire companies to become happy workplaces that are actually good for their employees – that makes me proud and happy!

Ques 9. Please share your motto in life.

Ans. “Try to leave every place you go to a little better than it was before.”

Ques 10. What makes you sad!

Ans. Unfairness and injustice. When I see people being treated unfairly (at work or in society) it makes me angry and sad.

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10 Gelukstips uit de psychologie die iedereen zou moeten weten

Vanuit de (positieve) psychologie komen steeds meer onderzoeksresultaten beschikbaar over de psychologie van geluk. Zo weten we inmiddels waar we geluk in ons lichaam voelen, hoe het onze genen beïnvloedt, waarom het verandert met de leeftijd, enz. Lees hieronder de uitkomsten (die op staan) van 10 recente uitkomsten van psychologische onderzoeken naar geluk en gebruik ze als gelukstips.

1. Happiness activates the whole body

Unlike thoughts, the emotions don’t live entirely in the mind, they are also associated with bodily sensations.

Thanks to a new study, for the first time we now have a map of the links between emotions and bodily sensations.

Finnish researchers induced different emotions in 701 participants and then got them to colour in a body map of where they felt increasing or decreasing activity.

Below are the body maps for six basic emotions.

Yellow indicates the highest level of activity, followed by red. Black is neutral, while blue and light blue indicate lowered and very low activity respectively.


It’s fascinating that happiness is the one emotion that fills the whole body with activity, including the legs, perhaps indicating that happy people feel ready to spring into action, or maybe do a jig.

2. Happiness changes our genetic code

The right kind of happiness doesn’t just feel great, it also benefits the body, right down to its instructional code.

A recent study examined the pattern of gene expression within the cells responsible for fighting off infectious diseases and defending the body against foreign materials.

Amongst people experiencing higher levels of ‘doing good’ happiness, there was a stronger expression of antibody and antiviral genes.

While doing good and feeling good both make us feel happy, it’s doing good that benefits us at the genetic level.

3. People are happier when they do the right thing

What has happened to people’s happiness all around the world as they’ve faced the economic crisis?

How have they coped with job losses, less money coming in, the sense of despair and lack of control over a nightmare that seems to have no end?

One answer is: some have pulled together.

Data from 255 metropolitan areas across the US found that communities that pull together — essentially doing nice little things for each other like volunteering and helping a neighbour out — are happier.

Social capital has a protective effect: people are happier when they do the right thing.

4. Act like an extrovert — even if you are an introvert

Acting like an extrovert — even if you are an introvert — makes people all around the world feel happier, recent research suggests.

The findings come from surveys of hundreds of people in the US, Venezuela, the Philippines, China and Japan.

Across the board, people reported that they felt more positive emotions in daily situations where they either acted or felt more extroverted.

Participants in the study were told to act in an outgoing way for 10 minutes and then report how it made them feel.

Even amongst introverts — people who typically prefer solitary activities — acting in an extroverted way gave them a boost of happiness.

5. Happiness is contagious online

Emotions expressed online — both positive and negative — are contagious, a new study concludes.

One of the largest ever studies of Facebook examined the emotional content of one billion posts over two years.

Software was used to analyse the emotional content of each post.

It turned out that positive emotions spread more strongly than the negative, with positive messages being more strongly contagious then negative.

6. Ageing changes what makes you happy

With increasing age, people get more pleasure out of everyday experiences.

A recent study asked over 200 people between the ages of 19 and 79 about happy experiences they’d had that were both ordinary and extraordinary.

Across all the age-groups in the study, people found pleasure in all sorts of experiences; both ordinary and extraordinary.

But it was older people who managed to extract more pleasure from relatively ordinary experiences.

They got more pleasure out of spending time with their family, from the look on someone’s face or a walk in the park.

Younger people, meanwhile, defined themselves more by extraordinary experiences.

7. Why materialistic people are less happy

The reason that materialistic people are less happy is that a focus on what you want — and therefore don’t currently have — makes it more difficult to appreciate what you already have.

A recent study found that materialists also feel less gratitude which, in turn, is associated with lower levels of life satisfaction.

The study quotes the words of Greek philosopher Epicurus, who said:

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”

By law, all credit cards should have this quote across the front in fluorescent pink.

8. The power of social connections

Relationships have stronger associations with happiness than academic achievement, according to a recent study.

Whilst strong social relationships in childhood and adolescence were associated with happier adults, the associations with academic achievement were much lower.

It seems that all the education in the world won’t necessarily teach you much about what it means to be happy, in either the emotional or philosophical sense.

9. Goals that lead to happiness

Surprisingly, people are often wrong about the type of goals that will make them happiest.

New research suggests that certain concrete goals for happiness work better than abstract goals.

The study found that acts performed in the service of a concrete goal (making someone smile) made the givers themselves feel happier than an abstract goal (making someone happy).

By thinking in concrete ways about our goals for happiness, we can minimise the gap between our expectations and what is actually possible.

10. Unexpected pleasure from mundane moments

Mundane, everyday experiences can provide unexpected joy down the line, new psychological research finds.

In one study, 135 students were asked to create a time capsule at the start of the summer which included:

  • a recent conversation,
  • the last social event they’d attended,
  • an extract from a paper they’d written,
  • and three favourite songs.

At the time, they also predicted how they’d feel about these items when they opened the capsule three months later.

Despite being relatively mundane, the students significantly under-estimated how surprised and curious they would be when they opened it.

The study is a reminder of how we tend to undervalue the happiness we can get from everyday events.

So, why not make a little time capsule today?

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Is het mogelijk gelukkiger te worden dan je al bent?

maakbaarheidJa, want geluk blijkt voor een deel maakbaar te zijn. In het boek ‘De maakbaarheid van het geluk’ toont Sonja Lyubomirsky aan dat geluk bij de geboorte al voor 50% vastligt, voor 10% wordt bepaald door de omstandigheden (relatie, inkomen, gezondheid, woonomgeving) en voor 40% door doelbewuste acties. Lyubomirsky leert de lezer allereerst haar of zijn geluksniveau te bepalen. Vervolgens geeft zij een aantal duidelijke strategieën (oefeningen in dankbaarheid, aardig zijn en optimisme) die helpen bij het vergroten en laten voortduren van het geluksgevoel. SonjaZe kiest daarbij voor een individuele benadering: ze helpt de lezer te bepalen welke geluksoefeningen het beste bij zijn karakter, leefomstandigheden en doelen passen. Het dagelijks toepassen van deze doelbewuste acties maken je een gelukkiger mens!

Klik hier om het boek te bestellen

Workshop ‘Gelukkig zijn en blijven’ op 13 juni

Onlangs publiceerden we hier een interview met gelukscoach Angela Becker. Angela organiseert op 13 juni een workshop over ‘Gelukkig zijn en blijven’. Meer informatie over deze workshop en hoe je je kunt aanmelden vind je hieronder.


Gelukscoach - oranjeHoe kan ik geluk vasthouden? Deze vraag wordt heel vaak aan mij gesteld. Gelukkig zijn hoef je niet te leren, dat gevoel ken je. Echter, hoe kun je gelukkig blijven? In deze workshop krijg je uitleg wat je zelf kunt doen om het heft voor jouw geluk in eigen handen te nemen.

Tevens krijg je een korte introductie in de Positieve Psychologie en kun je kennis maken met de Gelukscoach Rotterdam. Gelukkig zijn is een vaardigheid die je kunt trainen. In deze workshop krijg je inzicht wat nodig is om gelukkig te zijn, gelukkig(er) te worden en gelukkig te blijven. En je kunt vragen stellen over alles wat je altijd al over geluk wilde weten!

•    Wat is geluk?

•    Hoe groot is je invloed erop?

•    Wat zijn de menselijke behoeftes?

•    De laatste ontwikkelingen in de Positieve Psychologie

•    Hoe kun je duurzaam gelukkig leven?

Volgende workshop is op zaterdag 13 juni 2015 van 14.00 – 17.00 uur

Locatie: Rotterdam Delfshaven

Investering: 35.00 euro.

Ga naar de site om je aan te melden voor deze workshop.

Word gezond en gelukkig met deze 10 simpele tips

We hebben meer invloed op ons geluk dan we (soms) denken. De 10 simpele tips in dit artikel (dat op staat) zijn een goede start om gezonder en gelukkiger te worden. 

10 Simple Things That Can Make You Happy And Healthy

It needs a little effort to take care of yourself and things will turn positive and you will look forward to your life. Just take the oath to be happy. Decide to flush out you worries. Promise yourself to gift happiness. Take care of the health and the surrounding you live in.

Choose happiness

happy-woman-food fear

Do not entertain any kind of worry. Learn to manage yourself and make choices that will make you happy. Happiness is in your mind. As long you make yourself cheerful you can be happy in spite of all the problems. Be confident about yourself. Don’t compromise with the true self of yours. Follow your heart and the instincts. Set your goal to be happy.

Sleep is the best means

How To Avoid Weight Gain During Work sleep

Sleep is the best medicine. It relaxes you to the fullest. Wake up early to go to bed at right time. Avoid caffeine and products that makes you alert. Simply follow the saying-‘Early to rise and early to bed’

Laughter is the language of soul


Laughing has no other alternative. Keep smile on your face and feel the energy in you. Engage in activities that have fun. Don’t be shy to laugh out loud. The more you laugh the more you add days to your life. Laugh until it aches.

Do nothing

Engage some time each day doing simply nothing. Be it by yourself and just sit and feel yourself. Completely relax yourself and let the happiness blend in your soul.

Eat healthy

Fruits are good for your health. Vegetables and fruit in your diet will help you stay healthy and fit. It is also great for your skin. You will see the radiant glow in your skin as vegetables flushes out the toxic from the body.

Water is life

benefits of water

Water has no supplementary. Drinking lots of water will keep you energized. It is advisable to drink eight glasses of each day as a start. You can increase the amount of water if you want to lose weight. Having a glass of water before a meal will lessen the food you consume reducing calorie from your meal.

Stretch yourself

After waking up from the sleep remember to stretch your muscles to the fullest. It will activate the muscles that have been at rest during sleep. Stretching will give you a great feeling of energy. It will give strength for the day and make you more flexible.

Run or jog

running weight loss

Running is the best exercise that every kind of body is able to perform. It is not necessary you have to jog for miles. Start with short intervals and continue it. Never make the mistake of running for a while and take complete rest immediately for a long time. This will give you cramps. Keep the body moving by having a brisk walk.

Exceed your limit

If you are accustomed to have five crunches everyday increase and make it seven. This will be a challenge for you. Achieving it will boost your confidence.


Do anything that makes you happy. Spend some time with your love partner, family or friends. Do anything that elevates your mood. Most important is to love the person you are. Be open minded and stop worrying. Don’t compare yourself with anyone. Feel confident about yourself and feel good about yourself.

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6 Manieren om jezelf te laten stralen

Als je gelukkig bent straal je dat ook uit en heeft het effect op je omgeving. Onderstaand artikel, dat op staat, beschrijft zes manieren met tips om jezelf te laten stralen. Het gaat er niet om hoe je er uit ziet, maar wel dat je de ‘sparkle’ hebt!


1. Voel je lekker

Het allerbelangrijkste is dat je lekker in je vel zit. Doe je dingen die je leuk vindt zowel voor werk als privé? Maak je tijd vrij om te relaxen? Onderneem je dingen die je heerlijk vindt om te doen? Als je in een situatie zit waarin je dingen doet die jou energie geven, dan straal je dit ook uit.

DOEN: Maak een lijstje met 100 dingen die je heerlijk vindt om te doen en plan dit ook in je agenda!

2. In love with you

Het hebben van zelfvertrouwen is misschien wel het belangrijkste. Wees niet te kritisch op jezelf en zorg dat je regelmatig feelgood momenten hebt! Denk positief over jezelf en doe juist dingen waar je ook zelfvertrouwen van krijgt.

DOEN: You go girl, elke negatieve gedachten die je over jezelf denkt, vervang je met een positieve gedachten! Weet je weinig positiefs over jezelf? Maak dan maar eens een lijstje. Ga rustig zitten en schrijf alles op waar je trots op bent.

3. Get the look

Mooi kleding of een perfect figuurtje is zeker niet het belangrijkst. We zeiden het al: het gaat om die sparkle die je uitstraalt. Toch kan een fabulous outfit je helpen om je zelfverzekerd te voelen. Draag kleding waar jij je lekker bij voelt. Trek je niets van anderen aan en draag geen dingen omdat ze in de mode zijn.

Durf te dragen wat je graag wilt dragen en vergeet niet; Je mag gezien worden!

4. Smile

Humor is zo sexy! Probeer zoveel mogelijk te lachen, dat maakt dat je je goed voelt. Gebruik ook je gevoel voor humor! Juist andere aan het lachen maken is goed voor je uitstraling. Lachen voelt voor iedereen lekker, en als je andere aan het lachen kunt maken vinden ze het juist leuk om bij jou te zijn.

Lachen en humor is ook een geweldig middel om een vervelende of ongemakkelijke situatie luchtig te maken.

5. Dicht bij jezelf blijven

Neem momenten om gewoon even op te laden. Klinkt een beetje truttig en het zou het advies van je oma kunnen zijn, maar zorg dat je dicht bij jezelf blijft en plan momenten dat je ook even alleen met jezelf bent. Ga mediteren, hardlopen, muziek luisteren of wat jou ook maar even rust geeft.

DOEN: Ga maar eens na, je bent altijd wel aan het denken. Natuurlijk is dat prima als je op je werk zit, maar daar blijft het niet bij. Vaak denk je over nog veel meer dingen na; zal ik wel of niet gaan sporten? Wat ga ik koken? Moet ik nog even die collega bellen? Het is soms goed als je dat denken even stop zet.

6. Trek je niets aan van anderen

Wat zouden ze van mijn schoenen vinden? Ik heb geen high heels aan, misschien vinden ze me wel een beetje underdressed. Zijn deze vragen herkenbaar? Denk niet voor anderen! Je zit er altijd naast. Misschien denken ze juist wel; WOW wat ziet zij er leuk uit vanavond! 

Je kunt nou eenmaal niet in iemand zijn hoofd kijken. Doordat je daar mee bezig bent, ben je niet bezig met het uitstralen van wie je bent! Probeer trots en blij te zijn met wie je bent en trek je niet teveel van anderen aan!

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