Do you sometimes think that if you had everything you desire you’ll be happier? The perfect relationship, more money, a few vacations a year, a career you love? I hear ya, i’m guilty of feeling and thinking the same way. If only I had a few more clients, more vacation time, i’ll be happy. But you know what, that’s not how it works. Have you ever noticed that when you are in a state of happiness everything else in your life flows? When we are in the flow we can make things happen a lot easier. So the trick is to work at staying in the flow and doing more of the activities that make us happy. Surround yourself with happy people and happy circumstances.
Shawn Achor’s book recently crossed my path. Timely it is. This was the second message presented before me in a 24 hour period to find my bliss and everything else will fall into place. I began to think if this is how i’m feeling maybe i’m not alone and you could benefit from this message as well. Cheers to happiness! Feel free to share your thoughts. Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting my blog. ~ Carol Lawrence
Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn has become one of the world’s leading expert on the connection between happiness and success. In 2012, Shawn’s research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular all time with over 3.8 million views, and he has a new lecture airing on PBS called “The Happiness Advantage.” Shawn is currently leading the Everyday Matters campaign with the National MS Society and Genzyme to show how happiness remains a choice for those struggling with a chronic illness.
Listen to his Ted Talk “The Happy Secret To Better Work” for inspiration and a few laughs!
Our most commonly held formula for success is broken. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe.In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG—to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work.Among the principles he outlines:
• The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility, so we can see—and seize—opportunities wherever we look.
• The Zorro Circle: how to channel our efforts on small, manageable goals, to gain the leverage to gradually conquer bigger and bigger ones.
• Social Investment: how to reap the dividends of investing in one of the greatest predictors of success and happiness—our social support network
A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn’t only about how to become happier at work. It’s about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.” (Quoted from Amazon)