It’s hard to find happiness after success, if the goal posts of success keep changing. -Shawn Achor
Shawn Achor is a New York Times bestselling author of Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage. He 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 experts on the connection between happiness and success.
In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness inspires us to be more productive.
Shawn’s learned you have to train your brain to be positive just like you workout your body. We not only need to work happy, we need to work at being happy. Try his 21-Day Challenge. Pick one of the 5 researched habits and try it out for 21 days in a row to create a positive habit.
1. Write down three new things you are grateful for each day. Research shows this will significantly improve your optimism and raises your success rates significantly.
2. Write for 2 minutes a day describing one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours. This is a strategy to help transform you from a task-based thinker, to a meaning based thinker who scans the world for meaning instead of endless to-dos. This dramatically increases work happiness.
3. Exercise for 10 minutes a day. This trains your brain to believe your behavior matters, which causes a cascade of success throughout the rest of the day.
4. Meditate for 2 minutes, focusing on your breath going in and out. This will help you undo the negative effects of multitasking. Research shows you get multiple tasks done faster if you do them one at a time.
5. Write one, quick email first thing in the morning thanking or praising a member on your team. This significantly increases your feeling of social support, which in my study at Harvard was the largest predictor of happiness for the students.
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Many experts feel that color has a definite impact on a person’s mood. Entrepreneur.com has a great article and infographic – How the Color of Your Office Impacts Productivity.