Happiness Leads To Success
Conventional thinking says that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happier. If we can find a great job, make more money, and then happiness will follow.
Science is finding just the opposite is true: happiness fuels success. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic and productive at work. This discovery is the result of rigorous research utilising everything from psychology and neuroscience, to management studies, and is sourced from organizations around the globe.
In ‘The Happiness Advantage’, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard – and other research at companies like UBS and KPMG. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can become more positive and how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives. If we want to raise happiness we need to make both mind-set and behavioural shifts.
The Happiness Advantage At Work
Happiness is a choice, but leaders and companies can make that choice easier by providing education about how to raise positivity in the workplace. It is important to convince companies to realize that the greatest advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged workforce.
Does Happiness Itself Lead to Success?
Our brain works better when we are positive than negative, neutral or stressed. When a person is happy, the brain releases dopamine and serotonin, which makes us feel good, think more quickly and creatively, be more concentrated, become more skilled at problem solving and find new ways of doing things.
But a review of 225 studies in the Psychological Bulletin found that happiness doesn’t necessarily follow success. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Happiness leads to success.
According to the study’s findings, happy people seek out and undertake new goals that reinforce their happiness and other positive emotions.
Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., of the University of California, Riverside and her colleagues reviewed three types of studies: those that compare different groups of people; those that follow individuals over time; and those that examine outcomes in controlled settings. The results from all three types of studies suggest that happiness leads to greater successes in life. Lyubomirsky suggests “this may be because happy people frequently experience positive moods and these positive moods prompt them to be more likely to work actively toward new goals and build new resources. When people feel happy, they tend to feel confident, optimistic, and energetic and others find them likable and sociable.” An article called ‘The Recipe For Success: Get Happy And You Will Get Ahead In Life’ in Guardian Unlimited shows that people who are happy like to try new things and challenge themselves, and these actions will lead them to success in work, health and relationship. Happiness may lead to a stronger immune system and better health, positive thinking, positive emotions and the increase of energy levels. Happy people are more sociable and likeable and they are able to cope with stress and live longer.
The Recipe for Success: Get Happy And You Will Get Ahead In Life – [Guardian Unlimited]