Matthew Phelan

#162: The Happiness Index: How organisations thrive with happy employees


Recognizing our emotions is the key to our power. Start by being in tune with your body. Lie down and just listen to what your body is telling you. — Matthew Phelan

Whether you’re a small or large organisation, the key to a successful business is not only meeting your customers’ needs but ensuring that the work culture supports your employee’s well being. 

Micromanaging and controlling is not the best way to bring out employees maximum potential. So, how can an organisation thrive and ensure that its people are happy?

Join me today as we talk about happiness with Matthew Phelan, the Head of Global Happiness at The Happiness Index. 

The Happiness Index aims to improve the way organisations treat their staff. In this episode, Matthew shares how happiness is an important factor in creating a happier and healthier workplace.

He also talks about how technology and data can give employees a voice and ensure that happiness is at the centre of every organisation.

In this episode, Matthew and I talk about:
  • How people experience happiness and why it’s the key to making the working environment a healthier place to be
  • How listening and understanding what your body is telling you can increase your happiness
  • How The Happy Index brings data into feelings
  • Creating a culture of happiness and flexible working within your own organization
  • Key things to learn from the data gathered by The Happiness Index
  • How focusing on happiness impacted the way Matthew lives his daily life


More about Matthew

Matthew Phelan is the Co-founder and Head of Global Happiness at The Happiness Index, a privately owned company that combines unique talents of business experts, data scientists, organisational psychologists, developers, product designers, and generally lovely people!

As the Head of Global Happiness, he’s on a mission to globally expand happiness and understand how people experience happiness. 

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The body maps show regions whose activation increased (warm colors) or decreased (cool colors) when feeling each emotion.



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