Many of us believe that if we work harder, or get a better job, or more pay, or find a girl/boyfriend, or feel more confident, then we’ll feel successful and we’ll be happy.
Maybe, we have this all wrong.
I was watching again an entertaining video of Shawn Achor in which he reports recent research in neuroscience and psychology that shows happiness is actually the precursor to success, rather than the other way around. Apparently if we can raise the level of positivity in the present, our brains work better, our energy and productivity increase, and we become more successful.
This is about training ourselves to be happier and more positive so we can feel success. But how?
Shawn Achor suggests the following 5 key actions, all of which are backed up by research:
- Gratitude – think of 3 things each day you are grateful for
- Note the positive – write down 1 thing each day that has been a positive experience for you
- Exercise – keep active to keep those ‘feel-good’ hormones going
- Mindfulness – take a few minutes each day to focus on nothing but the here and how
- RAK – offer random acts of kindness, so making your day and the other person’s
Do the above for 21 days and your brain will have quite literally been ‘rewired’ to feel more positive and happy. As a result all the learning sensors in your brain are activated to be their most effective, so you can be your most successful.
The great thing is, you have control over this right now, rather than it depending on some future occurrence. You can take charge of your own happiness and success. It’s not at the end of the rainbow. It’s here for the taking, right now.
Image credit: Smile! 2/365/2010 by Katie Wardrobe Attribution-ShareAlike License