Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
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Happiness and success. Which comes first? Which is more important? How can you grow your happiness? Take a look at this inspired talk from Shawn Achor in order to uncover the happy secret to better work.
Are you interested in reprogramming your brain to achieve the Happiness Advantage? Take a look at the Hapyr website and consider signing up for your own happiness journal.
Check out this curatored list of TED Talks on Happiness: What Makes Us Happy?
Take a look at the following excerpt from Psychology Today article by Shawn Achor - are you up for the challenge: "Try an experiment right now called the 21 Day Challenge. Pick one of the five researched habits and try it out for 21 days in a row to create a positive habit, then comment on this blog or Facebook me and tell us your results.
1. Write down three new things you are grateful for each day into a blank word document or into the free app I Journal. Research shows this will significantly improve your optimism even 6 months later, 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. It also decreases stress and raises happiness.
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.