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The Happy Secret to Better Work

Overview

Fact: 90% of happiness is predicted by the way your brain processes the world. In this Ted Talk, Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think Inc. and author of The Happiness Advantage, explores the benefits of positive psychology and shares 5 ways you can train your brain for greater happiness.

What You’ll Learn

After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:

  • Recognize that how you view the world shapes your reality
  • Recall that 75% of job successes are predicted not by your IQ but by your optimism, social support, and your ability to see stress as a challenge rather than a threat
  • Realize that happiness inspires greater productivity, among many other benefits
  • Train your brain to be more positive

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Dig Deeper

After watching the video, reflect on the following questions. Jot down your thoughts. Consider sharing this video with a colleague or a work group for an insightful discussion.

  1. Under normal circumstances, how positive are you? Rate your level of positivity: 1 = I’m almost never positive, 10 = I’m almost always positive. What factors went into giving yourself that rating?
  2. How do you regard stress? How do you behave when you are under stress? How easy is it for you to bounce back from a stressful situation?
  3. Who comprises your social support system? How frequently and under what circumstances do you tap into your support system? What kind of support do they provide to you? And you to them?
  4. 30-Day Challenge: Complete or more of the following each day for 30 days:
    • Capture three things that you’re grateful for
    • Journal about the most meaningful experience you’ve had in the past 24 hours
    • Exercise for 10 or more minutes
    • Meditate for 2 or more minutes
    • Conduct a random act of kindness such as writing a positive email praising or thanking someone

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