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If success causes happiness, then every employee who gets a promotion, every student who receives an acceptance letter, everyone who has ever accomplished a goal of any kind should be happy. But with each victory, our goalposts of success keep getting pushed further and further out.
The formula is broken because it is backward. The relationship between success and happiness works the other way around; happiness is the precursor to success. Happiness, optimism and a positive mindset makes us more motivated, efficient, resilient, creative, and productive, which drives performance upward.
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People with a "job" see work as a chore, and the paycheck is the reward. People with a "calling" view work as an end in itself. Their work is fulfilling, because they feel it contributes to the greater good, draws on their personal strengths, and gives them meaning and purpose. These are the peop...
Common sense is not common action.
Based on Losada’s mathematical modeling, 2.9013 is the ratio of positive to negative interactions necessary to make a corporate team successful.
It takes three positive comments, experiences, or expressions to fend off the languishing effects of one negative.
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The tetris effect is named after the phenomenon experienced by tetris players who begin to see tetris-like patterns in every day life after playing for long periods of time.
With a negative tetris effect, we always spot the annoyances, stresses and hassles. With a positive tetris effect, we...
Our fear of consequences is always worse than the consequences themselves.
Sustaining change is difficult to do with willpower alone, because willpower becomes more worn out the more we use it. A better way is to decrease the willpower required by decreasing the "activation energy" (time, choices, mental and physical effort) for habits we want to adopt, and alternativel...
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
Archimedes' quote about the fulcrum and the lever inspires us to move our own fulcrum (the mindset we have) and lengthen our levers (how much possibility and power we believe we have) to lift our world and maximise our potential.
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The chief engine of happiness is positive emotion. The ten most common of these are: joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe and love.
The more we can align our tasks to a personal vision, the more likely we are to view work as a calling.
Write down the tasks at work that feel devoid of meaning and ask yourself "what is the purpose of this task?" If the answer still seems unimportant, ask again, and keep going until you ge...
On every mental map after crisis or adversity, there are three mental paths:
Imagine that you walk into a bank. There are 50 other people in the bank. A robber walks in and fires his weapon once. You are shot in the arm.
Is this fortunate or unfortunate?
In the midst of challenges and stress, nothing is more crucial to our happiness and success than holding on to the people around us.
The fastest way to disengage an employee is to tell him his work is meaningful only because of the paycheck.
The most successful people, the ones with the competitive edge, don’t look to happiness as some distant reward for their achievements; they are the ones who capitalize on the positive and reap the rewards at every turn.
Happiness implies a positive mood in the present and a positive outlook for the future.
When you write down a list of “three good things” that happened that day, your brain will be forced to scan the last 24 hours for potential positives; small or large laughs, a feeling of accomplishment, a strengthened connection with family, or a glimmer of hope for the future.
In just five...
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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 br...
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