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Do You Have The Happiness Advantage?

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If you haven’t seen this TedXBloomington yet with psychologist Shawn Achor you need to take 12 minutes of your to time to stop and watch it.

He does an excellent job at demonstrating the power of a positive attitude.

We believe we should work to be happy, but could we have that backwards? In his research he found that only 25 percent of job successes are predicted by IQ and 75 percent of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support, and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat. He explains the absence of disease is not health. To get to health we need to reverse the formula for happiness and success. It is not just about working harder to become more successful. If we think we have to be successful before we can be happy we may never be happy. If happiness is on the other side of success your brain never gets there because our goals keep changing.

Raise your level of positivity. He advocates raising your level of positivity in the moment then your brain will experience what he calls the happiness advantage. When you brain is positive it performs significantly better under stress. Your levels of intelligence, creativity, and energy rise. In his research he found that every single business outcome improves. If your brain is positive it will be 31 percent more productive, 37 percent better at sales, doctors are 19 faster and more accurate. If you have the happiness advantage it can help you better secure jobs, help you keep your job, have greater productivity and resilience, less burnout and lower turnover. If we can find a way to become more positive in the present then our brains work even more successfully. We work harder, faster, and more intelligently.

He suggests ways to train your brain if done for 21 days in a row will rewire your brain to work more optimistically and successfully. In his research he asked clients to try these 5 things or 21 days:

  1. Write down three new things your are grateful for each day
  2. Journal about one positive experience you have had over the last 24 hours
  3. Excercise-as it teaches your brain that your behavior matters
  4. Meditation it allows your brain to get over the multitasking we keep requiring all at once and teaches us to focus on the task at hand
  5. Random acts of kindness-write one positive email each morning praising or thanking somebody in their support network

He ascertains that at the end of the 21 days your brain will scan the world for the positive instead of the negative first and create ripples of positivity.

Quote by Mr. Achor, “{It’s} the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational business outcome at the same time.”

Do you believe you should work to be happy?  Or do you think we might have it backwards?


Author: Christine Casey

Devoting my life to higher education and human resources. Passionate about creating a workplace full of ♥ and opportunities through education. Interested in sharing ideas, inspiration, innovations, and information to help move us forward.

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