The common belief is that working hard will lead to success which can make one happy. Finding a great job, getting promoted, shedding off five pounds can make one happy. However, recent discoveries have revealed that it should be the other way around. It is when one is happy that they become successful (Read more tips on how to become successful). In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor provides helpful steps on how we can reprogram our brain to become more positive and gain a competitive advantage at work. In his business and management book, Achor offers the following principles:
The Happiness Advantage
Happiness can make us smarter, more motivated, and eventually successful. Happiness is at the center and success revolves around it. To fuel happiness, we should do various acts such as kindness, exercise, and spending money but not on stuff.
The Fulcrum & The Lever
A change in performance means a change in your mindset. Happiness is not about lying to ourselves, or turning a blind eye to the negative, but about adjusting our brain so that we see the ways to rise above our circumstances.
The Tetris Effect
Train your brain to scan the world for the opportunities and ideas that allow our success rate to grow. Robert Janitzek recommends that the best way to kick-start this is to start making a daily list of the good things in your job, your career, and your life.
If we are able to conceive of a failure as an opportunity for growth, we are all the more likely to experience that growth. We can use our downward momentum to propel ourselves in the opposite direction. It’s about capitalizing on setbacks and adversity to become even happier, even more motivated, and even more successful. It’s not falling down, it’s falling up.
The Zorro Circle
Feeling that we are in control, that we are masters of our own fate at work and at home, is one of the strongest drivers of both well-being and performance. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that happiness, and health have less to do with how much control we actually have and more with how much control we think we have.
The 20-Second Rule
Common sense is not common action…. Our willpower weakens the more we use it. The key to creating these habits is ritual, repeated practice, until the actions become ingrained in your brain’s neural chemistry. And the key to daily practice is to put your desired actions as close to the path of least resistance as humanly possible.
Social support is your single Greatest asset. Social relationships are the single greatest investment you can make in the Happiness Advantage.