The Happiness Advantage - Deepstash
1.Success and happiness
  • The rulling powers continue to tell us that if we just put our nose to the grindstone and work hard now, we will be successful, and therefore happier, in some distant future.

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The Happiness Advantage

The Happiness Advantage

by Shawn Achor

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2.Changing your mindset
  • According to Einstein's Special Theory of Rulativity, many of the seemingly inviolable laws of the universe become altered based on the observer.
  • While we of course ca...

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Everyone is different
  • Obviously, there are people for whom this positivity come more naturally.
  • While we each have a happiness baseline that we fluctuate arround on a daily basis, with conc...

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What is happiness?
  • Happiness is the experience of positive emotions; pleasure combined with deeper feelings of meaning and purpose.
  • Martin Seligman has broken it down in...

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Infuse positivity in your surroundings
  • People who flank their computers with pictures of loved ones aren't just decorating, they're ensuring a hit of positive emotion each time they glance in that direction.

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Meditation

Here are a number of proven ways we can improve oun meeds and raise our levels of happiness throughout the day:

  • Meditate: Neuroscientists have found that monks ...

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Mastery and health
  • Excercise: physical activity releases pleasure inducing chemicals called endorphins, but that's not the only benefit as the feelings of mastery and motivation have m...

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Anticipation and Kindness
  • Find something to look forward to: often, the most enjoyable part of an activity is the anticipation. Anticipating future rewards can actually light up pleassure centers in your brain...

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Expectancy Theory
  • So how exactly is it that our relative perception of what is happening, or what we think will happen, can actually affect what does happen?
  • One answer...

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Job, Career or Calling

Employees have one of three work orientations or mindsets about our work. We view our work as a Job, a Career or a Calling.

  • Job: work is a chor...

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"We're not saving dolphins here"

"To be honest, it has to be about money; we're not saving dolphins here." 

This executive had unwittingly primed his employees for failure. Here's what he had effectively said: "...

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3. The Tetris Effect
  • Researchers paid 27 people to play Tetris for multiple hours a day, three days in a row. 
  • For days after the study, some participants literally couldn't stop dreaming about shapes fall...

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We are rewarded for being negative
  • We are often rewarded for noticing the preblems that need solving, the stresses that need managing and the injustices that need righting.
  • The problem is that if we get...

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What we are required to do at work
  • Lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from major depressive disorder than the rest of the employed population.
  • This might seem a relatively surprising finding gi...

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Positivity
  • Brains have a filter that only lets the most pertinent information through to our consciousness. 
  • If we have programmed our brain's filter to delete the positive, that data will cease ...

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A list of positives
  • The best way to kickstart this is to start makind a daily list of the good things in your life.
  • Just as it takes days of concentrated practice to master a video game, ...

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Rose tinted glasses
  • As the name implies, rose tinted glasses let the really major problems into our field of vision, while still keeping our focus largely on the positive.

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Practice, practice, practice
  • As with any skill, the more we practice, the more easily and naturally it comes.
  • The best way to ensure follow through on a desired activity is to make it a habit
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4.Learning from our failures
  • The brain is constantly creating and revising mental maps to help navigate our way through this complex and ever changing world.
  • Early failure is often the fuel for th...

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Evil dog experiment
  • There was an experiment with dogs pairing bell noices with small shocks to see how they would react to the bell alone.
  • They created a room divided into two, on which t...

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Counterfacts and helplessness
  • When life delivers us a shock, we can become so hopeless that we respond simply by giving up. Helplessness is a belief in the futility of our actions.
  • A counterfact is an alter...

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Explanatory style
  • An explanatory style means how we choose to explain the nature of past events.
  • People with an optimistic explanatory style see these events as being

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5.The Zorro circle
  • Limiting your focus to small and manageable goals can expand your sphere of power.
  • One of the biggest drivers of success is the belief that our behavior matters; that ...

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Stoic Activity
  • Write your stresses, daily challenges and goals, then separate them into two categories: things that you have control over and things you don't.
  • Identify one small goa...

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Start small
  • Unwillingness to start with small circles and take too much at once nearly guarantees failure and we don't feel good about it.
  • In today's results obsessed work...

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Tiny fixes
  • When you are stressed and afraid to do a job, not only you want to avoid it but you may feel so overwhelmed by the situation you don't feel like doing any work at all.

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Time limit

Without a time limit, even small tasks can quickly escalate back into an overwhelming challenge with no end in sight.

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6. The 20 second rule
  • Turn bad habits into good ones by minimizing barriers to change.
  • Habits form because our brain actually changes in response to frequent practice.
  • Common wisdom...

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Common sense is not common action
  • In life, knowledge is only part of the battle. Without action, knowledge is often meaningless.
  • We all know that we should excercise, sleep eight hours...

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We are mere bundles of habits
  • Humans are biologically prone to habit, and it is because we are "mere bundles of habits" that we are able to automatically perform many of our daily tasks.
  • It is prec...

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Willpower it's not the way
  • Any dietician will tell you that relying on willpower to complitely avoid unhealthy food nearly guarantees relapse.
  • We think we can go from 0 to 60 in an insta...

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The path of least resistance
  • The more often we succumb to this path, the more difficult it becomes to change directions.
  • We are drown powerfully, magnetically, to those things that are eas...

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Change your default
  • Default options are everywhere, shaping our choices and our behavior in all areas of our lives.
  • Active leisure like hobbies, games and sports enhance our conce...

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Creating a habit is a ritual
  • The book is full of ways we can capitalize on the happiness advantage, but without actually putting those strategies into action, they remain useless.
  • The key to creating habit...

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7. Social support is your greatest asset.
  • We don't have to go to the brink of a collapsing economy to understand how easy it is to retreat into our own shells at the moment we need to be reaching out to others the most.
  • As for...

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Social support and success
  • Social support was a far greater predictor of happiness than any other factor, more than GPA, income, SAT scores, age, gender or race.
  • Surrounded by people, bi...

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Glue guys
  • The people who actively invest in their relationships are the heart and soul of a thriving organization, the force that drives their teams forward; in sports, these people are called "glue...

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Good times
  • Not only do we need to invest in new relationships, we should always be reinvesting in our current relationships because, like our stocks, social support networks grow stronge...

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Listening and responses
  • There are different types of responses we can give to someone's good news, and only one of them contributes positively.
  • The winning response is both active and...

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8. Conclusion
  • No matter where I am in the world, most people thinks this research is useful for them, but even more useful for all the people arround them.
  • The person we hav...

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Daniel goleman

Like second hand smoke, the leakage of emotions can make a bystander an innocent casualty of someone else's toxic state

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Spread the word
  • Sit around an unsmiling or anxious boss for too long, and you too will start to feel sad or stressed, regardless of how you felt originally.
  • The happier everyone is around you,...

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