In this episode, we’ll be talking with Jon Clifton, author of the new book “Why So Many People Are Unhappy: How the Science of Happiness Explains Our Discontent–and What We Can Do About It.” As the Global Managing Partner for Gallup, Clifton has spent years studying the factors that contribute to happiness and well-being. In his book, he explores the reasons why so many people feel dissatisfied with their lives, despite living in a time of unprecedented prosperity and opportunity. Drawing on Gallup’s extensive research and data, Clifton reveals the key drivers of happiness and the ways in which they have been eroded by modern life. From the decline of social trust and community to the rise of materialism and individualism, Clifton shows us how our values and behaviors are impacting our overall happiness and well-being. In this podcast, we’ll discuss some of the key ideas and insights from Clifton’s book, including the importance of social connections, the role of purpose and meaning in our lives, and the ways in which we can cultivate happiness through small but impactful changes. We’ll also talk about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our happiness and well-being, and the role of technology and social media in shaping our values and behaviors.
Whether you’re feeling discontent with your life, or you’re simply interested in the science of happiness, this episode is a must-listen. So tune in to FOMO Sapiens and hear from Jon Clifton about why so many people are unhappy and what we can do about it.
Meet our guest:
Jon Clifton is CEO of Gallup, the global analytics and advice firm. Mr. Clifton’s mission is to help organizations create thriving workplaces; put 1 billion people in touch with their strengths; and help 8 billion citizens be heard on their most pressing issues through the Gallup World Poll, a 100-year initiative spanning over 150 countries.
Clifton has been with Gallup since 2008. He previously served as Global Managing Partner of the company’s worldwide consulting group — advising global leaders on how their organizations and countries can thrive using behavioral economics and analytics-based insights.
Clifton’s 2022 book, Blind Spot: The Global Rise of Unhappiness and How Leaders Missed It, is a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Clifton serves on the boards of directors for Gallup and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He has also served on the boards of Meridian International, Streetwise Partners and the International Business Advisory Board at the University of Nebraska.
Clifton received a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor in international law from the University of Nebraska. He is a nonresident senior fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion and was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Midland University.