Happiness is a Successful Advantage: Shawn Achor
It seems the ways in which we have worked towards success and happiness are backwards. The thoughts, “When I get a better job then I’ll be happy” or “I’ll be happy when I get a raise” could be the sentiments of many professionals searching for happiness in all the wrong places.
Shawn Achor, the author of best sellers The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness, winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, featured in Harvard Business Review, TED talk speaker, and founder of GoodThinkInc, has lectured all over the world to promote his findings, which illustrate how more success does not necessarily make us happier, but being happy can make us more successful over time.
In a recent and exclusive interview with The Happiness Movement, Achor expressed, “We often think: if I work harder, I’ll be successful, and then I’ll be happy. That formula is scientifically broken, and interferes not only with our happiness, but our success rate as well.”
A broken formula, which many companies base their success models off of. As Achor explains, “If you hit your sales target, managers raise your sales target. If you get a raise, now that’s your new baseline and you need another raise or promotion.”
If the focus is on success, we run of risk of moving towards a finish line, which will continually be pushed out into the future—never fulfilling our goals or potential for success. Achor believes if we “flip the formula around” by cultivating a positive and engaged state and brain at work, which is focused in on the “now,” everything can change rapidly; stating, “Suddenly, every single business and educational outcome rises” when we focus on happiness.
This is what he attributes to the, “Greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy: a positive and engaged brain.”
Sounds great, but how do we do it?
Achor believes the top three ways to become happier and more successful are:
1. Thinking or journaling three new things you are grateful for each day. Best way to start is to pick up 1,095 reasons to be Happy: Your Gratitude Journal and start today!
2. Make a checklist of daily tasks and include several things you’ve already accomplished. This way your brain can visualize you finishing your goals faster thus increasing your success rate and happiness.
3. And lastly, “Don’t wait for happiness. Raise happiness levels in the present, find meaning at work, connect to the people around you, perceive stress as enhancing, and your success rate rise dramatically. Happiness at work fuels success.”
All three, Achor explains as being “habits of daily happiness hygiene,” which create a ritual of being happier in the long run. Our happiness hygiene starts with a positive outlook at work and ends with cultivating a more positive and engaged brain.
For more information about Shawn Achor and his new book, see GoodThinkInc
And check out the full and exclusive interview at 3 Ways Happiness is a Successful Advantage: Shawn Achor Interview.