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The Myths and The Conditions About Happiness with Tracy Brower

Updated: Jun 28, 2023

When the workplace happiness paradigm is challenged, the company culture improves.

In this episode of the Beauty of Conflict, Susan and CrisMarie sit down to chat with Tracy Brower, Ph.D. sociologist and vice president of Workplace Insights for Steelcase, about various aspects of happiness, identifying key conditions to achieve it and debunk commonly associated myths. Instead of pursuing happiness for its own sake, Dr. Brower advises creating the conditions for happiness, such as gratitude, challenge and stretch, a sense of purpose, connection to community, and performance. She emphasizes psychological safety and the value of constructive disagreement as factors that contribute to personal growth and innovation, as happiness doesn’t mean constant joy exclusively. Overall, Tracy encourages a positive perspective on work, promoting individuals' influence on creating happiness and fulfillment in their own lives and in the lives of others.

Listen to this episode for expert tips and insights for creating a happier work life!

About Tracy Brower

Dr. Tracy Brower is a Ph.D. sociologist studying work-life fulfillment and happiness. She is the author of a new book, The Secrets to Happiness at Work as well as her previous book, Bring Work to Life. She is the vice president of workplace insight for Steelcase and a contributor to Forbes and Fast Company. Tracy is an award-winning speaker and has over 25 years of experience working with global clients to achieve business results. Tracy is an executive advisor to Like|Minded, Coda Societies, and to the MSU Master Industrial Mathematics Program. She is an executive council member with Design Museum Everywhere and a board member for the United Way. Tracy’s work has been translated into 19 languages, and she has been featured in TEDx, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century (book), Globe and Mail (Canada), InsideHR (Australia), HR Director (UK), T3N (Germany), Real Estate Review-Journal,, Inc. Magazine, HBR (France) and more. Tracy holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, a Master of Management in Organizational Culture, and a Master of Corporate Real Estate with a workplace specialization.

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Key Take-Aways

  • What are some common myths about happiness.

  • What are the five key conditions for happiness at work.

  • How disagreement, safety, and growth are directly related.

  • How to rethink the narrative around work and happiness.

  • How workplaces can foster positive environments that support employee happiness.


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