TED Talk Takeaways: The happy secret to better work by Shawn Achor

“The science of happiness:  If I know everything about your exeternal world, I can only predict 10% of your long-term happiness. 90% of your long-term happiness is by the way your brain processes the world.  Only 25% of are successes are  predicted by IQ – 75% are by optimism level, social support, ability to see stress as a challenge instead of threat.

The absence of disease is not health. We need to reverse the formula of happiness and success. The usual one is ‘If I work harder, I’ll be more successful. If I’m more successful, then I’ll be happier.’

First, everytime you reach a success, you just changed what the goal post look like.

The brain, when positive, performs better than when it does when it is negative, neutral or stressed. It’s referred to “happiness advantage”. Your intelligence rises, energy level rises, creativity rises, in fact every single business outcome improves.

  • Better secure jobs
  • Better keeping jobs
  • Superior productivity
  • More resilient
  • Less burnout
  • Less turnover
  • Greater jobs

Train your brain:
-3 Gratitudes (3 new things for 21 days. Brain begins to write a pattern to see the world more positively)
-Journaling (About one positive experience you have had over the last 24 hrs teaches your brain to re-live these moments.)
-Exercise (Teaches your brain that behavior matters)
-Meditation (Detaches you from multi-tasking. Increases your focus on the task at hand)
-Random Acts of Kindness (1 positive email thanking somebody in your social support network)


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