I was in the mood for some inspiration this morning, so I decided to listen to a TED Talk, hosted by Shawn Achor, titled The happy secret to better work. Achor speaks about how society today has the ‘happiness formula’ all wrong, and how people believe they need to be successful before they can be happy. A quote from his talk that I find particularly memorable is when Achor explains, “75 percent of job successes are predicted by your optimum levels, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat.”
This quote really stands out to me because the statistic is so high. If such a large portion of job successes result from these things, then why do so many people work countless hours, lose out on sleep, and succumb to stress and anxiety in work and at school? I know I am guilty of all of these things at one point or another. Achor’s talk really reminded me that happiness should always come first. Without happiness, how can we truly achieve success? We often lose sight of the formula for happiness. It gets jumbled up in our brains as we become preoccupied with the negative in life.
Perhaps we need to focus on the positive more. We need to think positive and do positive, and then we’ll achieve success. At minute 11:25 in Achor’s talk (you can see in the attached video), he presents the audience with small changes society can make to be happier, which will lead to success. These small changes include: 3 graditudes, journaling, exercise, meditation and random acts of kindness.
I don’t know about you, but beginning today, I’m going to start making an effort to incorporate these small changes into my daily life. Not only can we individually benefit from this formula for happiness, but we may actually be able to make the world a better place at the same time.