The following video clip of Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think, Inc., on TED.com is a must see. Shawn talks about the Happiness Advantage and backs it up with scientific research.
Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from this clip:
What we’re finding is it’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.
If you can raise somebody’s level of positivity in the present then their brain experiences what we now call a Happiness Advantage; which is your brain at positive performs significantly better than it does at negative or neutral or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy level rises.
Awesome stuff. Plus, he tells us a few ways to get to positive:
- write 3 new things you’re grateful for each day
- journal about a happy or positive experience (ie: re-live it)
- perform acts of kindness
Watch this. Then watch it again. Really.