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Happiness is not the belief that we don't need to change; it is the realization that we can.



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5 key ideas

  1. Happiness is not just a mood - it's work ethic.
  2. By changing our reaction to every action, we can change our viewpoint to process the world.
  3. Try to scan for positive - You'll be able to experience happiness, gratitude, and optimism.
  4. Take Failure as an opportunity to grow.
  5. The most successful people, in work and in life, believe that their actions have a direct effect on their outcomes. 


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#1: The Happiness Advantage

#1: The Happiness Advantage

We think the happiness equation looks like this

Work Hard -> Success -> Happiness

But in reality:

Happiness + Positive Mindset -> Success

'Waiting to be happy limits our brain potential for success, whereas cultivating positive positive brains makes us more motivated, efficient, resilient, creative & productive which drives performance upward. '


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"Happiness is not the other side of success. Success does not create happiness. Happiness creates Success."



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Raise Your Happiness Level

Raise Your Happiness Level

  • Meditation: Studies show that after meditation you experience feelings of calm and contentment. 5 minutes of meditation is enough. 
  • Find something to look forward to.
  • Commit conscious acts of kindness.
  • Infuse positivity into your surroundings.
  • Exercise.
  • Spend money (but not on stuff).
  • Exercise a signature strength.


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#2: The Fulcrum and the Lever

"Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world." --Archimedes

The fulcrum is actually our mindset and the lever is the power or potential. This principle teaches us how to adjust our way of thinking in such a way that it offers us the power to be more fulfilled and successful.

We just need to get a long lever (the power) and a fulcrum (mindset) to place (at the right position), and then everything is possible! 


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#3: The Tetris Effect

Just like the game of Tetris, you can think that every block that is falling makes your position better or worse than before. If you consider it to be 'Better' then it's The Positive Tetris Effect.

In life, if you go along with the 'Positive Tetris' mindset i.e, everything that is happening to you is making you better than before, then you will see more opportunities and become happier and the inverse is also true (The Negative Tetris Effect)


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"The most successful people often see adversity not as a stumbling block, but as a stepping stone to greatness."



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#4: Falling up

#4: Falling up

There are 3 types of reaction when we face failure -(1) No change, (2) More bad things happening - Worse than before, and -

(3) Falling Up: Accepting the failure, learning from the mistakes, the failure makes us stronger.

Falling Up is the way to respond to any failure which will make us stronger and happier in the long run. 


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"Happiness is not all about yellow smiley faces and rainbows. For me, happiness is the joy we feel after striving our potential."



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#5: The Zorro Circle

#5: The Zorro Circle

“The most successful people, in work and in life, are those who have what psychologists call an ‘internal locus of control,’ the belief that their actions have a direct effect on their outcomes.”

By tackling one small challenge at a time—a narrow circle that slowly expands outward—we can relearn that our actions do have a direct effect on our outcomes and that we are largely the masters of our own fates.


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#6: The 20-Second Rule

#6: The 20-Second Rule

If you want to create a new habit, you have to make it easy to integrate by decreasing the activation energy for the habits you want to implement. In a nutshell: the less time it takes to get done (ideally 20 seconds or less), the more likely you’re going to do it!

The 20-second rule teaches us how to replace bad habits with good ones to create happiness in our lives.


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#7: Social Investment

#7: Social Investment

When over a thousand highly successful professional men and women were interviewed as they approached retirement and asked what had motivated them the most, throughout their careers, overwhelmingly they placed work friendships above both financial gain and individual status.

The more social support you have, the happier you are.


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“The most successful people invest in their friends, peers, and family members to propel themselves forward.”



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A learner who loves to share wisdom on personal growth, happiness, and success on Deepstash. Topics include motivation, habits, goals, and mindset. Believes that everyone can achieve their dreams with the right attitude and action.


"Happiness Advantage" by Shawn Achor posits that happiness leads to success, not the other way around. It provides strategies for maintaining positivity and increasing happiness to enhance performance and achieve success.

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