The Business of Happiness: Happiness as the short and sure path to greater effectiveness!

Study after study has found happier people to be more motivated and more productive than less happy individuals. For instance, happier employees are more efficient and less likely to cheat than unhappy ones, and happier managers tend to make better decisions and are more insightful and creative than unhappy managers. Outside work, happier students do better than their peers in school, and happier couples generally make more money and churn out better kids than the average population.

The opposite is equally true: unhappy (e.g., those who are stressed, frustrated, or disappointed) employees, managers, students, and couples tend to be less effective and less productive than their happy peers.

What makes certain people more “happy” and others more “uptight and stressed”? In this course, we will explore these issues in detail. We will learn what we can do to brighten up our lives, thereby increasing our chances of success in life and at work.

Learning Objectives
  1. Understand the myths and realities of what makes people happy and successful
  2. Know what one can actually do to increase one’s level of happiness
  3. Know what one can actually do to cope with life’s disappointments and stresses
  4. Know what to do to make your life and work more meaningful!
Course Outline
  1. Introduction: Are some people really born happier and less stressed than others?
  2. Myth vs. reality: What makes some people happy (vs. unhappy)
  3. What can economists tell us about money, success, happiness, and productivity?
  4. Important: Does our attitude influence our behavior, or vice versa?
  5. Ellen Langer (Harvard): of sense of control and illusion of control
  6. Important concept: internal vs. external locus of control
  7. How business executives can benefit from the business of happiness!
Who Should Attend
  • Anyone who wants to know what it takes to be happy.
  • Executives who want to improve their life and life’s outcomes.
  • Corporations who want to build a more “happy climate” at work, where workers are happier and hence more motivated and productive.

Lim How is a fascinating speaker with full of unique ideas and unusual experiences. He is such a captivating and inspiring instructor! ―Director of sales and marketing, Citibank Singapore

One of the most dynamic and experienced speakers I’ve seen. Lim How’s classes are so filled with new ideas that are both powerful and practical. ―Department manager and project head, IBM Singapore

If you want to learn any new and interesting ideas from psychology that can help you to be a better leader, thinker, or decision maker, you will find Lim How’s classes extremely beneficial. ―Director and mathematical engineer, Toyota Malaysia

I didn’t know there is so much more than one can learn from psychology to be a more effective leader. Lim How has proven me wrong. ―CEO, Kellogg Malaysia

I never expected to learn so much from a two-day workshop until I attended two of Lim How’s classes! Amazing job and well done, Lim How! ―Colonel, RSAF pilot
I enjoyed his classes thoroughly! Lim How is a very dynamic and knowledgeable speaker. ―Colonel, Singapore Armed Forces

What I like most about Lim How’s classes is that he doesn’t make things up. Almost every concept he presents is backed by science and research. And everything he teaches is so practical and applicable. Thanks, Lim How! ―Senior scientist at A*STAR


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Lim How is a corporate trainer-consultant based in Singapore. He is a recognized expert in the broad fields of thinking skills, and human relations. A psychology graduate from Yale University, he has served various Fortune 500 companies such as Citibank, IBM, Kellogg’s, Toyota, and UBS, and has been frequently invited to share his expertise with business leaders in different parts of the world. While at Yale, he developed two executive programs that have been used by various MNCs to train their management teams and senior executives.

Lim How is an acclaimed author of three psychology books and an accomplished speaker. Lim How is also the author of three acclaimed personal and professional development books that can be used as platforms for corporate training. They are: (1) Psych Talk, (2) The Salience Effect, and (3) The Two Colors of Truth. Together, the three books have received strong endorsements from experts from Cambridge, Harvard, MIT, NYU, UCLA, and Yale.

His books have received strong endorsement from distinguished professors from top universities including Ellen Langer (Harvard), Edgar Schein (MIT), Emily Balcetis (NYU), and John Bargh (Yale). Witty and informative, Lim How’s books cleverly bring to life many important psychological insights based on fascinating psychological studies that make them a must-read for anyone who wants to understand why humans think, feel, and behave the way they do, and who wants to know how best to connect with or influence people.

A versatile and interactive speaker with the gift of provoking his audience both to think differently and to rethink their assumptions, Above all, he is best known for his usually lively, witty, and highly informative seminars and workshops. To date, he has conducted countless seminars and workshops to business audiences and the general public in various parts of the world, including Singapore, different parts of Asia, and USA.


  9:00 am - 5:00 pm


1 Day


  S$ 500 (Nett)

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