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Does happiness promote career success? Revisiting the evidence, IN Journal of Career Assessment, Vol 26 No 2 May 2018, pp199-219

Looks at empirical research to examine whether happiness causes career success. Finds that cross-sectional literature shows that happiness is positively associated with job autonomy, job satisfaction, job performance, prosocial behaviour, social support, popularity, and income; longitudinal research suggests that happy people are more likely to find employment, be satisfied with their jobs, acquire higher job status, and engage in fewer withdrawal behaviours; and experimental studies demonstrate that when people are randomly assigned to experience positive emotions, they negotiate more collaboratively, set higher goals, persist at tasks longer, evaluate themselves and others more favourably, hep others more, and show greater creativity than those assigned to experience neutral or negative emotions. Concludes that the evidence continues to strongly suggest that happiness is related to and often precedes career success, and that experimentally enhancing positive emotions leads to improved outcomes in the workplace.


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Walsh, Lisa C; Boehm, Julia K; Lyubomirsky, Sonja
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