From pre-game traditions to team-building exercises, rituals are intertwined in every facet of our lives. Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton, author of the forthcoming book The Ritual Effect, proves that rituals can help us in our everyday lives: from eating healthy to building connections to staying calm before a big presentation. Named one of WIRED Magazine's 50 People Who Will Change the World, Michael helps us harness the power of rituals to build stronger teams, improve our mental health, and find meaning in every aspect of our lives.
“Readers cannot help but be charmed by this funny, warm guide to creating the good life from scratch.”— Publishers Weekly on Happy Money
Michael Norton is a Harvard Business School professor and author of the forthcoming book The Ritual Effect, whose work dives into the psychological effects of ritual. His groundbreaking research has proved the importance and flexibility of rituals in our everyday lives—they affect our feelings, thoughts, and even behaviors. Michael proved that rituals can calm us down before a performance, grounding us and giving us a sense of calm. They can also bind us together as a community, which makes for stronger teams who coordinate and find meaning in their work. Linking rituals to a desired habit, like eating healthy or working out, can increase our self-discipline. Michael shows us how to harness the power of ritual for our personal lives and our workplaces, giving us actionable ways to increase productivity, control, and camaraderie among teammates.
Michael has also researched personal finance and spending—specifically, how to use money to get happier. Along with fellow professor Elizabeth Dunn, he’s the co-author of the book Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending, which proved that we’re going about spending our money all wrong. With five practical principles on how to increase happiness by changing the philosophy behind spending, Happy Money is “a rare combination of informed science writing, rollicking good fun, and practical pointers for a more flourishing and compassionate life" (David G. Myers, author of The Pursuit of Happiness). His TEDx talk, which draws on this research, has been viewed over 4 million times.
Michael has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS, Fox, and MSNBC, co-hosted Talking Green, a podcast on how people really interact with money, and written op-eds for The New York Times, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. His research has been featured in publications like Psychological Science, Journal of Consumer Research, and Journal of Marketing Research, has been covered by The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Washington Post, and has been parodied by The Onion.
The Power of Ritual Harnessing Rituals For Better Lives
Office Rituals Using Rituals to Bring Meaning to Your Workplace
Michael offers us tried and true ways to increase the meaning and connection we feel from our jobs. His research shows that teams that report having rituals—like eating lunch together at the same time every day, or taking turns buying food for the group—report that their work is more meaningful. And enacting rituals after work, like taking a shower and imagining the day’s stress washing down the drain, helps us maintain clear divisions between our work and life. Drawing on insights from his original research and his forthcoming book The Ritual Effect, Michael helps us understand how rituals work and how we can put them to use inside and outside the office.
Classroom Rituals Leveraging the Power of Ritual to Perform to Your Potential
Michael Norton, Harvard professor and author of the forthcoming book The Ritual Effect, says that rituals can help reduce anxiety when we’re confronted with a stressful situation. Whether that’s a big assignment, an exam, or even singing karaoke, rituals help us calm our nerves and give us the presence of mind to perform to our full potential. In his funny and engaging talks, Michael brings us practical tips from his research so that we can make rituals work for us—in the classroom, in the exam hall, and in any other context.
Happy Money The Science of Happier Spending
The book provides five research-based principles designed to help people use their money in happier ways—whether they have a little or a lot of it. Full of cutting-edge research, Happy Money provides examples like how individuals gain happiness by choosing "experiences over stuff", to how companies seek to create happier employees or “happier products” for their customers. Along the way, you'll learn why you would be just as happy driving a Ford Escort as a BMW; why commercials make TV better; why you should be giving more money to charity. Michael will show you how the science of spending can create better, happier customers and companies.