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The Happiness Advantage

Jessica Donahue's Key Ideas from The Happiness Advantage
by Shawn Achor

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Most People Get The Path to Happiness Backwards

Most people think that if they simply work harder, then they'll be more successful. And if they're more successful, then they'll also be happier. 

The problem is that this logic is scientifically broken and backward

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What we found is that only 25% of job successes are predicted by IQ, 75% of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support, and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat.

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The Science-Backed Proof That More Success Won't Lead to Greater Levels of Happiness

Every time your brain has a success, you change the goalpost of what success looked like. You got 50 followers, now you want 100. You got 100, now you want 200.

So, if success is a prerequisite to happiness and the goalpost of success keeps moving, then your brain will never get there.

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Train Your Brain to be Happier

Train Your Brain to be Happier

You can rewire your brain with just 2 minutes a day by writing down 3 new things that you're grateful for every day for 21 days.

Doing so reprograms your brain, allowing it to work more optimistically and more successfully. After 21 days, the brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.

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Dopamine, which floods into your system when you're positive, has two functions. Not only does it make you happier, it turns on all of the learning centers in your brain allowing you to adapt to the world in a different way.

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