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VIDEO & Research: The Happy Secret to Better Work | The Happiness Advantage: Accomplishment & Gratitude

The Happy Secret to Better Work
Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy.
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.
101-1920x1200 double gymnIn 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. Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, he shows us how we can capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential.
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According to  Jasper Bergink, changing our lens changes our happiness.
Positive psychologists have shown that the way we experience our lives is a factor that explains some of the variation in our happiness, and a happy, positive outlook in turn has a ripple effect, making experiences of life more pleasant: the happiness advantage.

Nowadays, our assumption simply is that we need to do. If we do things well, we are successful. And when we become successful, we should be happy. But there is a problem: we are never satisfied. When we reach the finish line, we move the goalposts of success, and start all over again.

Let’s take a look at an example. When we graduate, what we want is a job. When we have a job, we want a better salary. Then we want more responsibility, etc. When we have achieved a goal, we repeat this cycle and look at the next goal, thus continuously pushing success towards a horizon we can never reach.

Achor asks us to reverse the formula.

What if we reach success when we are happy?
What if we work well, because we are happy?
And what if it is happiness that inspires productivity instead of the other way around?
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The happiness advantage: accomplishment & gratitude

Happiness starts with simple things.

A feeling of accomplishment.

Learning, creativity and developments.

But above all: gratitude with the achievements of every little day.

Achor has a simple recipe for that. Spend two minutes a day for three weeks thinking about optimism and success. Everyday, write down three new things you are grateful for. If you do that for three weeks, it will have a lasting effect.

That’s the happiness advantage.

 

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About Dr. Ev D'aMigo; PhD

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