The Happiness Advantage

Shawn Achor – TED Talk

Voted one of the funniest Ted Talks (with almost 16 million views), Harvard psychologist Shawn Achor discusses his happy discovery: only 25% of job successes are predicted by IQ; an astonishing 75 percent 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.

 

Did you know that 90 percent of our long-term happiness is predicted by the way our brain processes the world?

 

This isn’t just a “be happy” pep-talk.  It’s a very funny, insightful and well researched presentation shedding light on a concept many of us have already stumbled upon.  “...it’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality.”  Take a moment to think about that statement. The lens through which we view the world shapes our reality. We may not have control over the challenges we face in our personal lives and as entrepreneurs but we do possess the ability to choose the lens with which we view those challenges. And that is life changing.

“If you can raise somebody’s level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage, which is your brain at positive performs significantly better than at negative, neutral or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise. In fact, we’ve found that every single business outcome improves. Your brain at positive is 31% more productive than your brain at negative, neutral or stressed. You’re 37% better at sales. Doctors are 19 percent faster, more accurate at coming up with the correct diagnosis when positive instead of negative, neutral or stressed.”

Start the weekend with a good belly laugh and 12 minutes that will shift your perspective on happiness and success.

Until next time,

To Your Growth & Profits

William De Temple CEO Antirion LLc

William De Temple, CEO Antirion LLc

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