What’s the secret to a head full of happy thoughts? Time to round up the research on living a happy life to see what we can use. First, yeah, a good chunk of happiness is controlled by your genes but there’s a lot you can do to make yourself happier.
1. WHAT SHOULD BE HAPPENING? INSTEAD OF WHAT’S CURRENTLY HAPPENING.2. WHAT’S THE PURPOSE?3. WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS?4. WILL THE CUSTOMER CARE ABOUT THIS?5. WHAT ARE YOU ASSUMING?6. WHAT DATA DO YOU HAVE?7. WHERE DO YOUR DATA COME FROM?
While virtues have been around since Aristotle, two seminal psychologists from the University of Pennsylvania, Martin Seligman and the late Chris Peterson, undertook research to identify the universal traits that are best about human beings. They combed through nearly 2,500 years of history to identify six core “virtues” found across religions, cultures, nations, and belief systems.
The virtues that made the cut were wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. Each virtue contains three to five character strengths, with a total of 24 topping the list. You, just like every other person you work with, have five “signature” strengths - like a unique strain of DNA - that make up the “real you.”
If you're interested in learning more about it, check out award-winning director Tiffany Shlain's 8 minute film, The Science of Character.
Imagine you're a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates -- but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose?
In her TED talk titled What fear can teach us Karen Thompson Walker explains how fear is like an unintentional story we tell ourselves. By learning how to read our fears and imagine possible futures, we can make smarter decisions.
Business Planning is something we need to do regularly – to review our goals, progress and setting actions that keep us on course. Many of us think business planning is something dreadfully serious and/or tedious – detailed plans, task lists and hard, hard slog. Add in the feeling of overwhelm when we look at everything we ‘need’ to do, the guilt we feel for what we haven’t done – and the pressure to succeed, make money and get new clients. It’s no wonder so many of us avoid planning. And here are some business tips to help you!