My latest Inc.com article is dedicated to Robin Williams, a comic genius who touched my life and the lives of so many others.

It’s called Why Happiness at Work Matters (In Gratitude to Robin Williams for Always Making Me Laugh) and here’s what it’s about:

Successful leaders know happy employees contribute to better profitability. Here are two easy steps to a happier corporate culture.

It’s been a sad month, with the death of three American icons: Elaine Stritch, Lauren Bacall, and of course, Robin Williams. I grew up a little late to follow Lauren Bacall, but I’ve loved Elaine Stritch for years, and Robin Williams has always ranked in my top three funny men (along with Billy Crystal and Steve Martin). There’s a version of Robin that lives in my head–a sweet, sensitive, funny man I feel like I know from so many movies–and I think he (the Robin in my head) would want our focus now to be on happiness and laughter. I’m dedicating this article to him in gratitude for all the ways he’s made me laugh over the years. Rest in peace, Robin.

Barbara Corcoran spoke at the National Association of Professional Women’s annual networking conference this year and said the No. 1 reason her employees are loyal to her is because “fun” is office policy.

Alexander Kjerulf, chief happiness officer and founder of Woohoo inc (based in Denmark) says that happiness is the “ultimate productivity booster,” because… Read more here.

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