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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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The First Step to Being Powerful

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The story you tell yourself shapes who you are — and what you can do.
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Talk to yourself as a friend, not an enemy. You cannot change anything unless you first see your own self as powerful enough to act. The way we talk of ourselves and toourselves grants power – narrative power — to what happens next.

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7 Qualities of Remarkably Well-Liked Leaders

Want to be well-liked as a leader? Exhibit these qualities.
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Asking questions, listening, empathising, working hard, being curious, enjoying life and having fun are all included here - common sense you'd think but do all leaders consistently do these things? 

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The New Path To the C-Suite

Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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Whether you aspire to be CEO, CFO, CMO or CIO this is worth a read. New rules apply...
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Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies Suggest

Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies Suggest | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.
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Want to perform as if you've smoked marijuana or stayed up all night? Then keep multitasking says new research!

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Why Leadership Is Like A Three-Legged Stool

Why Leadership Is Like A Three-Legged Stool | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders are made, not born.
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Leadership capability can be learned but without a level of self confidence, success will be hard to achieve. 

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How One Word Can Kill Your Ability to Influence Others - Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

How One Word Can Kill Your Ability to Influence Others - Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
That is an interesting title isn’t it? Does it leave you curious? Or does it leave you scanning through words in your mind, in a competitive way, trying to guess if you come up with the right one? Either way, I hope I have influenced you to read on . . . While you likely …

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I guessed this killer word right away, did you? 

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 2, 2014 12:24 PM

Are you sabotaged by this word?  Strange how such a simple word can limit our ability to influence.

Pierre Galeon's curator insight, October 5, 2014 11:08 AM

So very true! surrounded by "buts"type people is one sure way of losing one's sanity!

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7 Great Pieces of Career Advice No One Ever Told You

The best advice for those looking to achieve great things is often the least often repeated.
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7 Great Pieces of Career Advice No One Ever Told You

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Use Neuroscience to Remain Calm Under Pressure

The ability to keep your wits in a crisis isn't a character trait; it's a skill that you can learn in minutes.
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4 highly effective, scientifically proven ways to remain cool, calm and collected under pressure.

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The Art of the Done List: Harnessing the Power of Progress

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What did you get done today? Knowing the answer makes a huge difference in your motivation levels.
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As a list lover I think this is great; do you have a "done list"? It's a great excuse for a celebration!

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People Development Through Inspiration Not Authority

People Development Through Inspiration Not Authority | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
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Great short article for anyone who leads on how motivation by inspiration works. "These companies realize that they motivate best through a sense of mission."

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Lead at your best | McKinsey & Company

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Five simple exercises can help you recognize, and start to shift, the mind-sets that limit your potential as a leader. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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When it comes to leadership it's your mindset that matters most. In this article there are five simple exercises adapted from the book, Centered Leadership that can help you become more aware of your mind-sets.

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, April 21, 2014 6:26 AM

As important as mind-sets are, we often skip ahead to actions. We adopt behavior and expect it to stick through force of will. Sadly, it won’t if we haven’t changed the underlying attitudes and beliefs that drove the old behavior in the first place. 

Making matters worse, our behavior affects other people’s mind-sets, which in turn affect their behavior. A leader’s failure to recognize and shift mind-sets can stall the change efforts of an entire organization. 


In this article, Joanna Barsh and Johanne Lavoie share five simple exercises adapted from their new book, Centered Leadership, that can help you become more aware of your mind-sets. 

Starting with "Finding our own strengths"...

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5 Easy Ways to Work Smarter, Not Longer

5 Easy Ways to Work Smarter, Not Longer | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Working insanely long hours is doing you more harm than good. It's time to distance yourself from the cult of overwork--here's how.

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Great advice for leaders from this article "Put people on a treadmill and you'll help them build up enough momentum to walk right out the door."

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Luke Iorio's curator insight, March 17, 2014 2:58 PM

The last one is critical.  I started a reverse calendar approach a few year's ago based on a friend's suggestion.  I consider my calendar 100% booked for my time, projects, etc. and appointments (for example) only go onto it if they drive one of those priorities forward or are of equal/greater importance.  It lead to a HUGE boost in productivity, and mysteriously nothing feel through the cracks (i.e. if not important enough, probably didn't need the attention in the first place).

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5 Attributes to Look for in High-Performing Employees

5 Attributes to Look for in High-Performing Employees | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Finding impactful staff members takes a lot of hard work. Here are the attributes one company screens for in their candidates.
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The Psychology of Language: Which Words Matter the Most When We Talk

The Psychology of Language: Which Words Matter the Most When We Talk | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
What are the most persuasive words in English? Recent research points to "Free", "Because", "You", "Instantly" and "New". And this is why.

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Fascinating research into some of the most common language patterns we use and how to adapt them for best effect.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 23, 2014 2:42 AM

Great research based advice here.

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Three Things They Don't Teach You About Change Leadership - Forbes

Three Things They Don't Teach You About Change Leadership - Forbes | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Somewhere between reading John Kotter's Leading Change and Michael Watkin's First Ninety Days, most change projects are tested by currents of resistance and indecision that are often quite subtle, but need to be played right if the change...

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When leading change, plan carefully but act differently. There is too much at stake to lose by being unnecessarily modest, polite or reasonable.

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Listen up! 5 ways to be a better listener

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I know that listening is super important when it comes to creating strong, lasting relationships, but despite realizing the importance of listening, it's never been my strong suit. 

 

As Alfred Brendel wrote, "The word 'listen' has the same letters as the word 'silent.'" Embracing silence is one of the great skills of a good listener. 


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Great tip here to have a private mantra to help you stay present in conversations. 

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David Hain's curator insight, October 9, 2014 1:49 AM

Staying positive and present is essential for being a good listener, but it's not always easy to do.  Good advice here on how to win friends and influence people

Hervé Odet's curator insight, October 14, 2014 12:50 AM

Bonne lecture, Hervé Odet, Cabinet Baud

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 3, 2014 1:19 PM

Being present and comfortable with silence are important.

 

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9 Ways Leaders Insult Their Employees

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Many leaders lack executive presence and the basic fundamentals to effectively communicate with and manage people. Holding a fancy title doesn’t give a leader permission to disrespect and antagonize their employees. Today’s leader must be emotionally intelligent enough to know when they are crossing the line. Unfortunately, many people lack maturity as leaders and find themselves insulting their employees all too often.
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Great list including micromanaging, being unappreciative of effort and hypocrisy. 

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10 Things Successful People Do When Things Go Wrong

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Successful people expect and learn from their failures. Discover the other ways they manage to turn failure into success.
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Really like this summary which includes great advice such as adjusting your goals, asking for advice and seeing failure as a prelude to success. 

What advice would you add to the list?

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3 tips for TED speakers (and other talkers)

3 tips for TED speakers (and other talkers) | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Okay, so yeah. TED is amazing. It’s a culture-shaping, era-defining, not entirely uncontroversial extravapalooza that has earned the mind share, eyeballs, and admiration of tens of millions of global
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3 top tips to create the best presentation possible:
1-Practice (not too much!)
2-Be yourself
3-Say something important

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Beware the Mid-Career Slump

Feeling your job satisfaction flag in your thirties? You're not alone. A new study reveals what's behind the phenomenon and suggests remedies.
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Beware the mid-career slump; prevent it with collaboration, delegation and training.

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How to get a job without any relevant experience

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The research shows that women are more hesitant about applying for a new job but we shouldn’t be, says Hannah Martin. Sometimes all you need is confidence (Research shows that women are more hesitant about applying for a job.
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Having the confidence to go for it and importantly, to show how much you want something, can make all the difference.

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Three things business leaders can learn from fighter pilots

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 3 secrets to success at work from fighter pilots. Are you missing out by not doing these?
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The Progress Partnership – Three things business leaders can learn from fighter pilots

The Progress Partnership – Three things business leaders can learn from fighter pilots | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
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Want to know why fighter pilots talk about their feelings? If you're interested in this and how it can help you in business then do read on....

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10 Surprising Career Drivers for Millennials

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Millennials make up 36% of the U.S. workforce.

By 2020, this generation will be nearly half of all workers. There are an estimated 80 million Millennials overall – and their priorities in the w
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 Interesting study that is matched by my client experience; and it's not only the "millennials"! Many people today place a higher importance on a collaborative and flexible work environment, professional challenges and management support than on pure financial measures. The question is whether there has been a major shift in our motivation or whether it's always been this way and we are finally ready to admit that it's not all about the money....

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10 Steps To Effective Listening

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In today’s high-tech, high-speed, high-stress world, communication is more important then ever, yet we seem to devote less and less time to really listening to one another. Genuine listening has become a rare gift—the gift of time. It helps build relationships, solve problems, ensure understanding, resolve conflicts, and improve accuracy. At work, effective listening means fewer errors and less wasted time. At home, it helps develop resourceful, self-reliant kids who can solve their own problems. Listening builds friendships and careers. It saves money and marriages.


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There are 10 tips here, even following just 2 or 3 will improve your listening and therefore your communication and relationships dramatically - give it a go!

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 9, 2014 9:18 PM

Greta quote in the cartoon. "nobody hates a listener"

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 9, 2014 9:19 PM

Great caption in cartoon "Nobody hates a listener"

Stefano Principato's curator insight, April 25, 2014 6:13 AM
  1. Face the speaker and maintain eye contact.
  2. Be attentive, but relaxed.
  3. Keep an open mind.
  4. Listen to the words and try to picture what the speaker is saying.
  5. Don’t interrupt and don’t impose your “solutions.
  6. Wait for the speaker to pause to ask clarifying questions.
  7. Ask questions only to ensure understanding.
  8. Try to feel what the speaker is feeling.
  9. Give the speaker regular feedback.
  10. Pay attention to what isn’t said—to nonverbal cues.