The Happiness Portal is designed to provide Binghamton University faculty, staff, graduate employees, retirees and their families with a variety of ideas for small, simple changes to manage stress and increase happiness. Here you will find education and information on stress management, research on happiness and proactive strategies for changing your life without actually changing your life.
The Scandinavians are the only people in the world who have a word for happiness at work: Arbejdsglaede
The Japanese have a word for death by overwork: Karoshi
Among age groups, those 50 and older are more likely to be very happy than younger Americans. Women are happier than men. And members of either the Democratic or Republican parties are happier than political Independents. See additional happiness research results at 2013 Happiness Poll .
do better work
are more productive
are more helpful
are better at service
are more focused on quality
are better team players
are more open
are more likeable
show more empathy
are more optimistic
are more motivated
are more engaged
are more energetic
are better leaders
Step One: Review the stress management educational materials
Step Two: Rate your stress level
Step Three: Rate your pre-experiment happiness level
Step Four: Review the happiness research
Step Five: Implement happiness strategies
Step Six: Rate your post-experiment happiness level
In fall 2010, Binghamton University's Employee Assistance Program and the Office of the University Ombudsman collaborated on a joint, resiliency-based venture called "The Happiness Experiment." "The Happiness Experiment," based on NY Times bestselling novel The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, began with a simple hypothesis: If we committed to practicing at least one evidence-based happiness strategy each week, would our happiness increase? Three years, one flood, a Great Recession, one interim University president, one new University president, 39 participants and three "Happiness Experiments" later, here are some of the things we learned, themes we explored, materials we looked at and results we got:
The World Health Organization calls job stress:
What is work-related stress?
Stress costs an estimated $200 billion annually.
Stress is now the most common cause of absence due to long-term sickness according to 2011 research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Research suggests that one in six people of working age have a mental health problem such as stress, anxiety or depression.
Happiness studies and stress management materials for this page were compiled by Heather K. Hubeny, LMSW, CEAP. Special thanks to Colleen Stanley, SUNY Stony Brook Lead EAP Coordinator, for generously sharing materials from her presentation "Managing Stress – Tools for Healthy Living."
Last Updated: 8/16/13