head shot of Prof. Jamie Gruman
Prof. Jamie Gruman

The New York Times interviewed Prof. Jamie Gruman, a senior research fellow in U of G’s Department of Management at the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics, about why career success doesn’t always equal happiness.

Gruman said many of us overestimate how much happiness a professional accomplishment will bring us, a phenomenon known as “affective forecasting.” He said while we often know what things will make us happy, we don’t appreciate that the feeling doesn’t last long, which can leave us feeling let down afterward.

Gruman studies organizational behaviour and the impact of resilience, hope and optimism, and frequently appears in media to discuss his research in positive psychology. He is also the co-author of Boost: The Science of Recharging Yourself in an Age of Unrelenting Demands.