What do you think the secret to success is? NJ explores the idea that success can driven by happiness whilst reviewing TED talk ‘The happy secret to better work’.
I’m a generally happy person. Of course, like the best of us, I can get my grump on sometimes, but in general I try to stay positive as I fight my battles. When I’m happier I’m better: at work, in my social life, even eating healthier and exercising more. So when I watched the talk it resonated, and drummed in some home truths that most people could probably benefit from:
“We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards?”
“Don’t conform to the norm, don’t sit on the ‘average’ fence and don’t eliminate the ‘weirdos’. If we study what is merely average, we will remain merely average.”
“Growing up, it is ingrained in our minds that the harder we work the more successful we will be. The more successful we are, the happier we will be. But the question is, is working hard the only means to success and/or happiness?” Personally I believe there needs to be a balance. Don’t work so hard that you don’t build a life, but work hard to make a life.
“Your brain works in opposite fashion to logic, the happier you are the better you work. Higher levels of positivity in your brain results in a higher level of performance compared to when you are negative, neutral, or stressed. Your brain is 31% more productive when positive than when in any of the previous three states.”
>> 4 ways to be happier:
1) Recording one positive experience you’ve had over the past 24 hours lets you relive it
2) Exercise teaches your brain that your behaviour matters
3) Meditation allows the brain to stop trying to multitask and lets your brain focus on one task at hand
4) Random acts of kindness are conscious acts of kindness. Do more of them.
Overall, Achor argues that happiness inspires productivity. Therefore if you are happy you can succeed, contrary to the popular belief that you need success to be happy. So essentially: a good balance of work and play, creating a happy environment, and being more positive overall can improve success. It worth a try, don’t you think?
Words by – NJ
[Imagery courtesy of TED]