Alex Palmer – Happiness Hacks

Alex Palmer – Happiness Hacks


Could you be happier at work . . . in love . . . in life? You may not need a total overhaul—just a few good Happiness Hacks! Here are hundreds of shortcuts to brighten your day and boost your mood—and the science behind how they work. Discover why . . .

– 57°F (13.9°C) is the happiest temperature
– Selfies give you a jolt of joy
– Renters have a surprising edge over homeowners
– 17-minute breaks are the most productive
– Intimacy is better than sex
– It’s more satisfying to work a full 40-hour week
– Date night is the key to a happy marriage
– Just 10 minutes of exercise can cheer you up!

Whether you’re seeking better health, stronger friendships, or that elusive “happy place,” these stunningly simple tips are proven to help. You can hack your way to happiness!

Michael Schrage – The Innovator’s Hypothesis

What is the best way for a company to innovate? Advice recommending “innovation vacations” and the luxury of failure may be wonderful for organizations with time to spend and money to waste. The Innovator’s Hypothesis addresses the innovation priorities of companies that live in the real world of limits. Michael Schrage advocates a cultural and strategic shift: small teams, collaboratively―and competitively―crafting business experiments that make top management sit up and take notice. He introduces the 5×5 framework: giving diverse teams of five people up to five days to come up with portfolios of five business experiments costing no more than $5,000 each and taking no longer than five weeks to run. Successful 5x5s, Schrage shows, make people more effective innovators, and more effective innovators mean more effective innovations.