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How Happiness Directly Impacts Your Success

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Feeling unhappy? Learn how increasing your happiness is within your power, and how doing so directly influences your success.

 

Recently a client shared with me the riveting TED Talk by the world’s leading positive psychology expert and bestselling author Shawn Achor on The Happy Secret to Better Work.  

His TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 4 million views, and he has a new lecture airing on PBS called “The Happiness Advantage.”

When my client told me about the talk, I questioned whether there would be anything new that I hadn’t already heard about happiness in my training as a therapist, but wow, was I wrong.

I asked Shawn what I wanted to know about happiness and success. Here are his answers...


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I love this research and used it recently as the basis of a workshop for which the a feedback was amazing! 

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:07 AM

From this article:

"Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work."


"In the end, happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change.  It is the belief that we can."


There are five key steps that we can take each day to increase our experience of happiness: 


1)      Bring gratitude to mind – Write down three NEW things that you are grateful for each day

2)      Journal – About a positive experience you’ve had recently for 2 minutes once a day

3)      Exercise –  Engage in 15 minutes of mindful cardio activity

4)      Meditate – Watch your breath go in and out for 2 minutes a day and

5)      Engage in a random, conscious act of kindness –  Write a 2-minute positive email thanking a friend or colleague, or compliment someone you admire on social media.

 

Do these steps for 21 days, and you will begin to see a lasting shift in your mindset towards more positivity.


AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:24 AM

Great list of areas to focus on in this article, realistic and relevant. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 11, 2013 8:05 PM

Happiness is important to being productive and successful.

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Sheryl Sandberg: Women Are Leaning In—but They Face Pushback

Sheryl Sandberg: Women Are Leaning In—but They Face Pushback | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Companies can start to overcome that by setting goals and measuring progress, the Lean In founder writes—and by encouraging women to keep negotiating.
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Women can face pushback when they want to progress, some good insight here on how to overcome it. 
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Women are much more likely to be refused a pay rise

Women are much more likely to be refused a pay rise | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Women are asking for pay rises, but they are not getting them, a new study has found, challenging the myth that the gender pay gap is caused by women not being pushy enough.
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New research suggests that even when women ask we are less likely to be given a payrise. How can leadership tackle this situation?
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The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday

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Ever find that it's noon and you haven't accomplished anything on your to-do list? Get a productive jump-start on the day with these tasks.
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Get a head start on the day - my favourite is number 4...
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Volunteering for career success

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Boost your career with these simple steps.

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From network building to reputation enhancing and building critical skills volunteering is an amazing way to help other and progress your career at the same time.
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Prep For A Promotion: 5 Ways To Step Up While Your Boss Is On Vacation This Summer

Prep For A Promotion: 5 Ways To Step Up While Your Boss Is On Vacation This Summer | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Take advantage of your manager going on vacation, and follow these steps to demonstrate your leadership and position yourself for a promotion.
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Some great tips in here although I'd say ideally we're all be doing these all year round! Especially knowing what expectations and priorities there are; that way you can focus your effort on areas that have the most impact.
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Innovation in Insurance – whose job is it anyway?

Innovation in Insurance – whose job is it anyway? | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it

If you're in the market, this affects you...

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Everyone is talking about innovation in the (re)insurance market, question is - who is actually going to do it?
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3 Ways You're Blowing Your Professional Reputation

3 Ways You're Blowing Your Professional Reputation | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Mark Newman, CEO of HireVue, shares three ways you're blowing your professional reputation.
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Being a friend instead of a leader, not being accountable and being to "you" - are you making these mistakes at work?
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Why Some Employees Simply Won't Grow

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Notable theories about why some of us refuse to pursue opportunities that will make us better, more skilled and more successful.
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However good your leadership some employees just won't grow - some insights into why, and how you can change it.
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Decoding leadership: What really matters | McKinsey & Company

Decoding leadership: What really matters | McKinsey & Company | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior.
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Four kinds of behavior account for 89 percent of leadership effectiveness - and they might surprise you! 
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Getting beyond the BS of leadership literature | McKinsey & Company

Getting beyond the BS of leadership literature | McKinsey & Company | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Management books and commentaries often oversimplify, seldom providing useful guidance about the skills and behavior needed to get things done. Here’s a better reading list for leaders.
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Great reading list for leaders including Robert Cialdini’s Influence one of my all time favourite (ad most educational) books.
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Women see £54,000 salary as sign of successful career, survey finds

Women see £54,000 salary as sign of successful career, survey finds | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Poll also reveals almost half of women want career success by age of 40,
compared to just two in five men
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Women want success sooner but have lower salary expectations than men and three-quarters of people don't think they've yet achieved career success, with the average worker saying it is eight years away. What do you think?

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10 Bosses Share How to Land That Promotion

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Learn How To Get Promoted Fast | Career Advice | The Muse: Real-life stories of employees moving up the la...
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Outline how you'll rise to the occasion, establish yourself as a leader, help others grow & show you're ready - just some of the great tips included here.  

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Three things business leaders can learn from fighter pilots

Three things business leaders can learn from fighter pilots | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
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The best performing teams in the world rely on one thing for their excellence - do you know what it is?

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Creating Authentic Power

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How we convey confidence without words.
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Interesting science behind how we can convey authentic confidence - all without words.
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Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.

We already know too much noise is not a good thing for our brains or our bodies. Research has linked noise pollution to increased blood pressure, sleep loss, and heart disease. These results have led to even more research on the long-term effects of noise. Along the way, almost by accident, scientists who study noise are uncovering benefits of its absence.

A recent piece in Nautilus explores in detail the positive effects that silence can have on our brains. Journalist Daniel A. Gross elaborates on several studies in which researchers set out to study the effects of various types of noise--such as music, short bursts of sound, and white noise--only to discover the silence in between the sounds they were studying produced interesting results. Here are a few gems this body of research has revealed.

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I love silence, maybe this explains why! 
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David Hain's curator insight, September 7, 2016 5:20 AM

Enjoy the sound of silence - research says it does you good!

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Finding silence in your day. It's more important than we think...

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7 Shortcuts to Work Smarter, Not Harder

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They say you can do anything if you just work hard. Well, they’re wrong.
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Switching off distractions, working in "chunks" and focussing on your strengths are just a few useful tips to work smarter. 
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The 9 Traits That Define Great Leadership

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To motivate your team to achieve the highest levels of performance (and create an extraordinary organization in the process), here are the qualities you should model every day.

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7 ways to advance your (re)insurance career this summer (without missing out on fun the sun) • InsNerds.com

7 ways to advance your (re)insurance career this summer (without missing out on fun the sun) • InsNerds.com | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
July renewals are out of the way and it's time to have fun this summer, all while further your career! Here are some tips from an expert.
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Summer is the perfect time of year to give your career a boost - try these easy tips to get ahead. 
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The 50 Most Powerful Questions Leaders Can Ask - Forbes

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The best leaders don’t engage in monologues; they stimulate conversations. They understand conversations are not competitions to be won, but opportunities to enrich, inspire, challenge, illuminate and learn. So, what makes for great dialogue? Great questions.

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The best leaders stimulate conversations. They understand conversations are not competitions to be won, but opportunities to enrich, inspire, challenge, illuminate and learn.
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Great leaders create powerful conversations!
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Experts think a 4-day work week would be more beneficial than 5

Experts think a 4-day work week would be more beneficial than 5 | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Work less, do more.
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Could you implement this and increase productivity? 
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Successful soft market broking – what’s the secret?

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The insurance sector is changing beyond recognition. What effect does this soft market have on brokers, and their skills? With insurers seemingly desperate to maintain and grow gross written premium levels, do brokers still need to be able to, well, broke?

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Leaders in the (re)insurance sector are having to adapt to a continuing soft market, so what needs to change?
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Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less | McKinsey & Company

Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less | McKinsey & Company | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Overloaded executives need coping mechanisms. This personal reflection shows how meditation can help.
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Another well put case for leaders to take the time to meditate an focus more on others than on themselves.
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Most Londoners want to change their career path

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The majority of people working in London are fed up with their jobs and want a career change, according to a new report by the London School of Business
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Are you one of the 55% of Londoners who'd like a career change in the year ahead? 
If so, what's your reason & do you think you'll do it?

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Key to career success is confidence, not talent

Key to career success is confidence, not talent | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
The secret to career success is not talent, hard work or education, but sheer,
unashamed confidence, a study has suggested.
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The key to career success is confidence, not talent! To what extent do you agree with the findings of this survey?

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How practising mindfulness in the workplace can boost productivity - Personnel Today

How practising mindfulness in the workplace can boost productivity - Personnel Today | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Mindfulness offers a host of benefits to employers and employees alike, reports mindfulness expert and coach Liz Hall.Not that long ago, meditation was see

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Start off your Monday with this thought!