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Dan Bowling


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Dan Bowling teaches Well-being and the Practice of Law, and Labor and Employment law, at Duke Law School. He was the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award at Duke. Since graduation, he has also worked as an assistant instructor in the MAPP program with Martin Seligman, Chris Peterson, and James Pawelski, and is currently engaged in empirical research on lawyers and personality traits.

Additionally, Dan is Managing Principle of Positive Workplace Solutions, LLC, a management and legal consulting firm specializing on the application of positive psychology in employment issues and law, and a practicing labor lawyer. Until 2006, Dan was Senior Vice-President of Human Resources for Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. In that role, Dan was responsible for all employment matters for a global work force of over 80,000 persons, including labor relations, compensation and benefits, and training and development. Dan is a 1980 graduate of Duke Law School, began his legal career in Atlanta, and eventually became partner in one its largest law firms. He speaks and publishes frequently on workplace and legal issues. Dan lives in Florida and Atlanta.

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Duke Law School
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Senior Lecturing Fellow
Primary Focus
Positive Psychology and Law
Active Professional Interests
  • Business
  • Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Law
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  • Career Development
  • Consulting
  • Entertainment
  • HR specialist
  • Leadership development
  • Personnel management
  • Speaking
  • Writing
Fluent in Languages
  • English

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Happy at Work: How the Science of Positive Psychology Will Revolutionize the Workplace

This capstone is a draft of a proposed book on positive psychology in the workplace, aimed at a popular audience. It contains a detailed table of contents and reference sources, as well as several complete or partially- complete chapters. It also includes an extended section on lawyers that will form the basis of a separate academic article. The book’s working title is Happy at Work: How the Science of Positive Psychology will Revolutionize the Workplace. Its thesis is that most modern human resources practices are misguided with an overreliance on process and metrics. Humans are treated as capital, and firms focus on their failings and weaknesses rather than their strengths. In a post-crash world such approaches are unsustainable, and positive psychology provides a new way of managing that will revolutionize the workplace. Unlike what many would believe, it is OK to be happy at work; in fact, we should be happy at work. High corporate performance requires happy employees, and the book links the science of positive psychology with its practical application to show how any company can increase happiness at work.


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