Investing in Happiness: Improving Your Business and Work Through Brain Science

In this course, Dr. Jay Kumar adapts for the workplace principles detailed in his popular book Science of a Happy Brain.

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Businesses often talk around happiness, instead using terms like satisfaction, well-being and engagement. By not specifically measuring, addressing and nurturing happiness, businesses bear the costs in terms of lost productivity, employee absenteeism and turnover, higher insurance rates, missed opportunities, and reduced profits.

With this in mind, Dr. Jay utilizes scientifically proven insights, exercises and techniques—adapted from cutting-edge research in brain science and behavior—to transform the way you and your team think and work. He is the former Director of Contemplative Practices and Wellbeing at Chapman University and holds a Ph.D. in cognitive studies and Eastern religions, and an M.A. in international political economy with a concentration in international business.

As a renowned thought leader and public speaker, Dr. Jay counsels organizations and businesses on harnessing the art and science of happiness for both short- and long-term success. Clients across the globe—from lean startups to large corporations—have benefited from his highly effective, easy-to-learn and scientifically proven insights and techniques.

What will I get from this course?

  • Humanize your organizational messages and actions in a larger context.
  • Unlock the brain’s ability to build social connections and trust among teams, co-workers, customers and other stakeholders.
  • Identify opportunities for creating deeper, more meaningful relationships.
  • Using brain science, learn how four fundamental strategies can help you promote happiness in the workplace and, ultimately, your bottom line.
  • Discover how to align business, brand strategy and management styles to boost how you engage key audiences.
  • Whether customers, employees, vendors, or other stakeholders, develop methods and approaches that make key constituencies enthusiastic about your company and its products and services.
  • Create passionate members of your “Brand or Company Tribe.”
  • Find ways to transform the people who matter most to your success into champions and advocates who make your company—and your products and services—stand out in the marketplace.

Course Curriculum

Chapter 1


  • Video Lesson 1: Strategies for Coping During Crisis and Uncertainty
  • PDF Lesson 2: The 4Cs to “Be Adaptive, Not Reactive” - Downloadable PDF

1 lesson, 1 Video + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet + Quiz

Chapter 2

Chapter 1: Happiness at Work

  • Video Lesson 1: The Pursuit of Happiness
  • Video Lesson 2: Why Invest in Happiness?
  • Video Lesson 3: The Social Brain
  • Video Lesson 4: What Is Happiness?
  • PDF Lesson 5: Tools Inherent for Happiness & Success - Downloadable PDF
  • PDF Lesson 6: From Stress to Success - Downloadable PDF

4 lessons, 4 Videos + 2 PDF Downloadable Worksheets + Quiz

Chapter 3

Chapter 2: Wiring Your Brain for Happiness

  • Video Lesson 1: Survival Versus Happiness
  • Video Lesson 2: Overcoming Nature’s Brain Wiring
  • Video Lesson 3: SAD versus HAPPY Brain
  • Video Lesson 4: Real Threats VS. Perceived Threats - Controlling the Uncontrollable Exercise (Downloadable PDF

4 lessons, 4 Videos + 0 PDF Downloadable Worksheets + Quiz

Chapter 4

Chapter 3: Pleasure VS Happiness

  • Video Lesson 1: Pleasure Is NOT Happiness
  • Video Lesson 2: The Pursuit of Money OR Meaning?
  • Video Lesson 3: The Inevitability of Change - Overcome SAD to Accept Change (PDF)

3 lessons, 3 Videos + 0 PDF Downloadable Worksheets + Quiz

Chapter 5

Chapter 4: Your Social Brain at Work

  • Video Lesson 1: To Tribe Is to Thrive
  • Video Lesson 2: Your Brain’s Need for Connection
  • Video Lesson 3: Trusting Your Social Brain
  • Video Lesson 4: The Happiness Equation - To Tribe Is to Thrive (PDF)
  • PDF Lesson 5: Why Trust Matters to YOU - Downloadable PDF

4 lessons, 4 Videos + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet + Quiz

Chapter 6

Chapter 5: The Happiness Strategy of Comfort

  • Video Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Video Lesson 2: Fostering a Work Culture of Comfort
  • Video Lesson 3: Sense of Psychological Safety
  • Video Lesson 4: Collective Trust Improves Creativity, Innovation, and the Bottom Line
  • Multimedia Lesson 5: Article - Lessons from Google: 5 Ways to Create Psychological Safety
  • PDF Lesson 6: Article - Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace
  • PDF Lesson 7: Article - High-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety. Here’s How to Create It
  • PDF Lesson 8: Creating Personal Rituals and Establishing Trust in the Workplace - Downloadable PDF

5 lessons, 4 Videos + 3 PDF Downloadable Worksheets + Quiz

Chapter 7

Chapter 6: The Happiness Strategy of Contribution

  • Video Lesson 1: ConTRIBEution
  • Video Lesson 2: Your Need to Feel Needed
  • Video Lesson 3: Psychological Rewards
  • PDF Lesson 4: Your Primary Needs Exercise - Downloadable PDF

3 lessons, 3 Videos + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet + Quiz

Chapter 8

Chapter 7: The Happiness Strategy of Connection

  • Video Lesson 1: Our Age of Disconnection
  • Video Lesson 2: How Connection Manifests in the Workplace
  • Video Lesson 3: Connection Generates Innovation - Connection (PDF)
  • PDF Lesson 4: Connecting Outside the Box - During COVID-19 - Downloadable PDF

3 lessons, 3 Videos + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet + Quiz

Chapter 9

Chapter 8: The Happiness Strategy of Compassion

  • Video Lesson 1: In a Crisis, We Tribe
  • Video Lesson 2: Making Kindness Contagious
  • Video Lesson 3: Compassion Creates Your Happy Brain
  • PDF Lesson 4: Acts of Compassion in the Workplace - Downloadable PDF
  • Video Lesson 5: Happy Brains Make Happy People

4 lessons, 4 Videos + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet + Quiz

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