VTT Young Professionals gathered for a workshop on happiness at work and brain fitness on November 19th 2015 in Café Rupla, Helsinki.
Prof. Mar Alaranta from the IT University of Copenhagen demonstrated the influence of happiness on collaboration and problem solving. Participants were primed in different emotional states with videos that were neutral, happy safe and happy excited. The impact of emotional state on effectiveness and cooperation was clear. Young VTTers were also noted to be very creative compared to previous audiences! This was followed by a presentation on understanding and focusing the mind and a little “Aviobic” exercise by Reidar Wasenius from BRIIM (http://briim.fi/). Some simple exercises, which need a lot of focus and concentration demonstrated. The participants were given new tools and techniques to exercise their minds. The rest of the evening was spent having dinner and discussions