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The happy secret to better work - Shawn Achor

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We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)

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We all want to be happy. But how, exactly, do you go about it? More stuff or less? More choice or less? The answers found in the 9 talks in the TED Playlist, "What makes us happy?" -- from psychologists, journalists, Buddhist monks -- may surprise you. Hapyr is a journal that makes you happier, inspired by the ideas in the Shawn Achor talk. Just 2 minutes a day for 21 days to improve your outlook on life! Also be sure to check out the resources at Authentic Happiness, the homepage of Dr. Martin Seligman, founder of positive psychology.The Institute for Applied Positive Psychology, co-founded by Shawn Achor, works to bridge the gap between cutting-edge academic research in the field of positive psychology and best practices within corporate cultures around the world.Does happiness really bring greater performance in the workplace? The success of an organization may depend on it!Where do the happiest people in the United States live? This happiness map breaks it down.

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