Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

Saw an interesting TED talk on happiness – says we work to achieve happiness – more pay, bigger house, etc etc – but research shows that the goal posts keep moving, so we never quite get there. The trick is to be happy first – and suddenly everything else gets better – including work – as you’re more productive, open to opportunities, and so on. The positive brain is more productive, smarter, creative, open to learning – the list goes on.

Some ways to apply this:
– Write down a positive experience every day in a journal. This allows your brain to relive it, and over time you learn to remember and and look for positive things every day – seems are brains are wired to remember mostly the negative things.
– Random acts of kindness – as simple as writing a nice email to someone
– meditation