Practical analysis for investment professionals
01 March 2013

How Do You Find the Elusive Happiness at Work? (Video)

Is happiness at work important to you? I’m guessing the answer is yes. It probably is very important. After all, we spend so much of our life working. But after a weekend, do you feel excited about going to work on a Monday morning, or does the thought make you feel ill?

At the recent CFA Institute European Investment Conference in Prague, Alexander Kjerulf told us what he thinks makes people happy at work. At this conference, where industry thought leaders addressed an audience of investment professionals on topics including the eurozone crisis and the latest investment techniques, it was an unusual session. The topic was just as far from the minds of delegates as it was close to their hearts. Kjerulf, however, was well placed to show the audience the way, as he is the chief happiness officer of Woohoo inc. Yes, you read that right: He’s a chief happiness officer, and our happiness is very much his business.

Enjoy the video recording of Kjerulf ‘s talk.

Please note that the content of this site should not be construed as investment advice, nor do the opinions expressed necessarily reflect the views of CFA Institute.

About the Author(s)
Usman Hayat, CFA

Usman Hayat, CFA, writes about sustainable, responsible, and impact investing and Islamic finance. He is the lead author of "Environmental, Social, and Governance Issues in Investing: A Guide for Investment Professionals;" the literature review, "Islamic Finance: Ethics, Concepts, Practice;" and the research report "Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing and Islamic Finance: Similarities and Differences." He is interested in online learning and has directed three e-courses for CFA Institute: "ESG-100," "Islamic Finance Quiz," and "Residual Income Equity Valuation." The other topics he writes about are macroeconomics and behavioral finance. He has experience working in securities regulation and as an independent consultant. His qualifications include the CFA charter, the FRM designation, an MBA, and an MA in development economics. He has served as a content director at CFA Institute. He is a former executive director at the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and former CEO of the Audit Oversight Board (Pakistan). His personal interests include reading and hiking.

3 thoughts on “How Do You Find the Elusive Happiness at Work? (Video)”

  1. Usman, This is pretty good video. Now that i compare few conferences that i have attended so far globally, i realize that all conferences need to have a topic not related to their theme like this or something which is more core issue like happiness etc. I remember hearing Author Malcom Gladwell few years back in a CS conference and it was awesome. Thanks for sharing the video

  2. Thank you for your comment Biharilal Deora, CFA.

    Yes, one reason we included this session in the European Investment Conference 2012 was to offer something different and lighter but relevant to professional life.

    I’m glad that you liked the video.

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