Happiness as a Force Multiplier: December 2012

In the book “The Happiness Advantage”, Shawn Achor writes about his days as a student at Harvard. Since just getting accepted into Harvard is a huge achievement, Achor was surprised to find so many of his classmates were unhappy due to the stress of the workload and competition. However those who remained positive and optimistic generally outperformed their peers.

In short he discovered that what most people believe, that we will be happy once we are successful, is backwards. The truth is that if we are happy, we are much more likely to succeed. He calls this the “Happiness Advantage” which is the edge that happier people have over their competitors. They have a much greater chance to succeed.

Achor states that anyone can “rewire” their brains to increase their happiness levels and their performance. Major corporations around the world are now using these techniques to increase the output of their work force with impressive results:

  • Sales: 37% increase,
  • Productivity: 31% increase, and
  • Accuracy on tasks: 9% improvement.

He suggests that we can develop a habit of happiness by spending a few minutes every day for 30 days doing the following:

  1. Journal 1 positive experience of the past 24 hours.
  2. Record 3 new things you are grateful for
  3. Prayer or meditation
  4. Exercise
  5. Do something nice for someone else.

That’s all it takes to ‘rewire’ your brain to increase your happiness level and reap the rewards of the happiness advantage.

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Finally, Happy Holidays and God Bless you and your family.