Shawn Achor, an advocate of positive psychology, renowned speaker and researcher on the link between happiness and success, presents the happiness advantage for organizations in a most entertaining manner.
The significance of the happiness advantage is that a positive brain performs significantly better than a neutral, negative or stressed brain.
Creativity, energy level and intelligence rise about 30 % with a positive brain. However, 90% of our perception of happiness is not related to our external world, but how our brain perceives and processes the world. Achor calls upon us to reverse the formula for happiness: Don’t be happy once you are successful, but be happy first to become successful.
Don’t be happy once you are successful, but be happy first to become successful.
Only 25% of our career success is predicted by IQ, but 75% is predicted by our level of optimism, social support and the ability to see stress as a positive challenge.
But how can we make our brain positive and happy? Little and easy exercises can make a big difference. For instance, practicing conscious gratitude, meditation, physical exercise, offering random acts of kindness, and more, can rewire our brain not to focus on the negative but to scan the positive.
Give it a try, it works!
Now, enjoy one of the most popular TED talks of all time:
Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
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