The Happiness Advantage

For you, which comes first: happiness or success?

My guess is that you have already answered that question several times today. You answer it every time your brain says, “I’ll be happy when I find a job” or “I’ll be happy when I get a promotion.”
The formula is clear: Work harder, then you’ll be successful, then you’ll be happier. Have you ever caught yourself saying, “I’m working my butt off now so I can be happy when … [fill in the blank]”?

I watched this TED talk during a strengths workshop I attended today, and learned that the idea that we have to work in order to be happy is actually backwards…

This video is funny and fast-paced and the 12 minutes it will take you to watch it are not only powerful and poignant, but entertaining. Shawn Achor, a Harvard grad, is the CEO of Good Think Inc., and a researcher of positive psychology.

Watch this video and learn that you can train your brain just as you can train your body. You’ll find that you can reverse the formula for happiness and success. You can actually train your brain to become more positive, and the points he listed for how to do that are:

1. 3 Gratitudes
2. Journaling
3. Exercise
4. Meditation
5. Random Acts of Kindness

I know from my own personal experience that theses five points, along with the lessons I’ve learned from them, have significantly improved my happiness (ex. learning daily to live in the present; appreciate the beauty and excellence around me; surround myself with uplifting, supportive people; living my life in a genuine, authentic way; always taking time to express thanks; and expressing my feelings and thoughts both verbally and in written form; and so on and so forth).

If you are wondering why happiness seems out of reach then you owe it to yourself to spend 12 minutes watching this engaging and life-changing video. I will probably end up watching this video every week to remind myself success isn’t happiness, but happiness is success.

Mother Teresa said: “I will never attend an anti-war rally; if you have a peace rally, invite me.” There is a distinction in how we think.

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“Inner happiness is actually the fuel of success.” ― Dr John Hagelin

How do you feel about refocusing the brain on positivity to increase your productivity?
Do you have your own list of points that help you stay positive?
Share your insight with me!

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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