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The Secret Of Success - Is It Happiness?

Practice mindfulness

We spend about 47% of our waking hours thinking about what isn’t going on.

To change that, try focusing on whatever we are doing and the experience we are having at this very moment.

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The Secret Of Success - Is It Happiness?

The Secret Of Success - Is It Happiness?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nickbennett1/2018/11/18/the-secret-of-success-is-it-happiness/

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Happiness and success

Happiness is a key driver and a precursor of success.

Positive feelings make the brain work better. They trigger the release of serotonin and dopamine, which significantly enhance motor control, motivation, memory, problem-solving and mental focus.

Pursue meaningful engagement

Meaningful engagement as a key factor of happiness.

When we identify our greatest strengths and recraft our life to use them in our social and family interactions we gain more meaning. 

“One of the best ways of discovering this value is by nourishing our unique strengths in contributing to the happiness of our fellow humans.”

“One of the best ways of discovering this value is by nourishing our unique strengths in contributing to the happiness of our fellow humans.”

Practice mindfulness

We spend about 47% of our waking hours thinking about what isn’t going on.

To change that, try focusing on whatever we are doing and the experience we are having at this very moment.

Strengthen your friendship circles

In the periods of stress and challenges they face, the most successful people will make time for friends, peers and family members, always seeking to strengthen their friendship circles.

Develop your softer skills

Those are personal and communication skills including empathy, listening skills and the ability to build a team.

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Right or left-brained

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