Technologies and the Importance of Touch for our Well-Being

  • 2 April 2016
  • sjanicke

A friend of mine recently shared with me this commercial clip (see below) about this crying baby who is not calmed down by anything else but his fathers touch. No online video, his mums voice or video through the smart phone could calm the baby down. It is heart-melting and it reminded me of the importance of touch for our well-being.

Technologies That Can Rewire Happiness

  • 13 March 2016
  • sjanicke

Last week, I watched a conversation of a couple of well known scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison had with the Dalai Lama on how to bring more peace and well-being into the world (see video below). Even though not necessarily anything “new” came to the forefront, it was a great reminder that, in order to make this world a better place we need to start working on ourselves.

Love, Kindness, and (Social) Media: Contrast or Symbiosis?

  • 14 February 2016
  • sjanicke

Since it is the weekend of Valentines Day, I wanted to talk about love. But not the kind of love celebrated on Valentines Day, but the love we should celebrate every day of the year. I am not talking about romantic love, but the love we all are, seek, and that connects us, even the most diverse of us.

Inspiring Super Bowl Ads 2016: Can Commercials Do More Than Sell Stuff?

  • 6 February 2016
  • sjanicke

When I ask my students how many of them still watch live TV, only about 20% of all hands go up.  While life TV is still the most consumed media of all, the trend is clearly going away from life TV towards time-shifted viewing and the use of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. But tomorrow, even my students will all watch life TV.

No Extra Time Needed: 5 Ways To Relax And Reduce Stress At Work Efficiently

  • 30 January 2016
  • sjanicke

When I travel, I often experience the most amazing creative flashes. The different environments, smells, noises, temperatures just expand my mind to think about things in different ways. Research actually supports this experience.  For me, a lot of times this creative spark unloads itself while I am flying in an airplane.

The Ecology of Technology – Principles for Sustainable Happiness in the Digital Age

  • 28 December 2015
  • sjanicke

Technology has now penetrated almost all aspects of our lives but we have yet to adapt to it in a way that serves us. While our goal is typically to be more productive and efficient, most organizations don’t support this goal in the way they run their operations. Longer work hours do not necessarily translate into greater output. Having more technology tools and fancy gadgets neither guarantees more success nor necessarily makes the workflow any easier.