Happiness Habits with Hussein Baalbaki

Can we be happier at work or influence our environment to be more pleasant?

You bet.

I am inspired by our monthly Happiness habits conversations to learn that simple habits can have a massive impact on our own well-being and to those around us.


How do you “get happy”?
According to the emerging research of positive psychology, while most people say they want to be happy, humans tend to be poor judges of what will actually make them happy.

Money and material things can improve levels of happiness but only up to a certain point at which basic needs are met. Happier people tend to live in countries where the culture and economy enable people to regularly experience pleasure, purpose, and security.

I am thrilled to introduce Hussein Baalbaki who will shed light on the subject of happiness in the business world as an emerging new perspective. Working as a coach and international business consultant in human resources, he is currently advancing his Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) on the subject of Happiness at Work.

Hussein has an extensive academic background and has traveled the globe working in international hotels with famous brands such as Fairmont, Marriott and Hilton to help shift work cultures from the traditional Human Resources (HR) to Happiness & Development (H&D)

Keep it simple
In our Happiness habits conversation, he underlines the cultivation of simplicity on the quest to create more happiness at work. The implementation of easy strategies leads to greater impact on productivity, longevity in the workplace, and personal well-being.  

How you can make a difference
We can all offer simple gestures such as; an encouraging tap on the shoulder, respectful eye contact when speaking to someone, along with demonstrating an attitude of caring by attentively listening with the intention to understand before responding. These habits will go a long way to engage people and help maintain positive relationships and work environments.

Here are some of the wisdom nuggets that emerged from our conversation.

Have a listen...
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Be Well, Be Happy.

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Nuggets of Wisdom
00:48 Intro to Hussein’s doctoral work on happiness
3:40 Shifting tradition of human resources towards greater happiness at work through employee support
4:20 Google’s Chief Happiness Officer leading the way in smaller enterprises
6:52 Lebanese upbringing to happiness research, making the shift
7:41 The universal language: Smile
8:50 Laura and Hussein share the same favourite Maya Angelou quote...
10:39 Happiness doesn’t mean everything is perfect.
11:41 Shift any conversation with this genuine question
14:13 Hussein’s “Google” growing up was his grandfather, here is why.
15:59 Simplicity and connection into the work place
16:17 Story of JFK and how the guy mopping the floor contributed to putting a man on the moon
17:26 Supervisors will have more impact when they find out what makes employees happy. Caring matters.
21.17 The value of personality tests and making mistakes.
25:02 Put yourself in someone else’s shoes, show empathy.
27:11 Boost happiness to boost creativity
28:50 What Hussein admires about the PM of New Zealand and her approach towards humanity
31:01 Hussein’s message to his kids about positivity and the pathway to happiness

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