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Published on Oct 9, 2013
Best-selling author Karen Salmansohn believes that fun is the secret behind the most successful businesses — and she has personal stories and research to back it up. Presenteeism is when people are present at work but might as well be absent because they're unhappy and unmotivated. Fun is the fuel that gets your brain thinking at its clearest and keeps you motivated during challenging times. Fun helps you to jump over obstacles and enjoy the jumping process. Plus, studies show people are more productive when they're working with people they enjoy.
With over 1 million books sold, Karen is a best-selling author and book packager -- known for creating "self help for people who would never be caught dead reading self help." An ex-Senior VP, award-winning ad writer/creative director, she left her successful ad career (at age 27) to pursue her passion of writing (having worked for major ad agencies and cable networks like MTV and Comedy Central). She's a columnist for OPRAH and Psychology Today and has been featured as a happiness expert in major media ("The Today Show," "The View," New York Times, FastCompany, etc.). She was also host of the Sirius drive-time radio show "Be Happy Dammit" five mornings a week, interviewing celebs and experts on how to live your happiest life.
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