Scientific Strategies to Reclaim Time and Live A Happier Life


Thursday, December 15, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:00pm



Scientific Strategies to Reclaim Time and Live A Happier Life
Speaker: Ashley Whillans, PhD; Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
Moderator: Hiroe Ohyama DMD, MMSc, PhD; Co-Chair of JCSW Work/Life Subcommittee

Thursday, December 15, 2022 | 12:00 – 1:00 | Zoom

There's an 80 percent chance you're poor. Time poor, that is. Four out of five adults report feeling that they have too much to do and not enough time to do it. These time-poor people experience less joy each day. They laugh less. They are less healthy, less productive, and more likely to divorce. In one study, time stress produced a stronger negative effect on happiness than unemployment. How can we escape the time traps that make us feel this way and keep us from living our best lives? In this talk, Author and Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans will share proven strategies for improving "time affluence" and happiness, even for the busiest among us: working parents. The techniques Whillans provides will free up seconds, minutes, and hours that, over the long term, become weeks and months that you can reinvest in positive, healthy activities. The science-based strategies Whillans presents will help you make the shift to time-smart living and build a happier, more fulfilling life for you personally, and a more productive and fulfilling life for your team.

Ashley Whillans is an assistant professor in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at the Harvard Business School, teaching Negotiations and the Motivation and Incentives courses to MBA students and executives. In both 2015 and 2018, she was named a Rising Star of Behavioral Science by the International Behavioral Exchange and the Behavioral Science and Policy Association. In 2022, she received an Early Career Trajectory Award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). Her research has been published in top academic journals and popular media outlets including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Her first book "Time Smart: How to Reclaim Your Time & Live a Happier Life" was published in October 2020 by Harvard Business Publishing where it was named one of the top 10 business books of 2020 by the Globe and Mail, among other accolades. Professor Whillans earned her BA, MA, and PhD in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining HBS, she was a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Her dissertation research on time and happiness won the 2018 CAGS Distinguished Dissertation Award for being the single best PhD thesis in Canada across the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. You can find out more about Ashley’s work at



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