Achieving higher performance through happiness

On May 15, 2012 by Andy Bandy Man

It turns out dopamine, the chemical that makes us happy, also activates the “learning centers” in our brains – improving our energy, creativity, and intelligence. Shawn Achor claims that performance is considerably higher when you have a “positive, optimistic” outlook rather than being “negative, neutral, or stressed.”

  • Business people: 31% more productive
  • Sales people: 27% better at sales
  • Doctors: 19% faster and more accurate at making the correct diagnosis
Further, Achor says there are METHODS for “re-wiring your brain” to get to that happy place and perform be. His business clients reported a marked improvement in both happiness and performance after doing the following routine for 21 days:
  • 3 Gratitudes: Write down three new things you are grateful for each day (you will start scanning the world for positive experiences)
  • Journaling: Write about ONE positive experience you have had in the past 24 hours (you will feel happier recounting the experience)
  • Daily Exercise: (teaches your brain your behavior matters)
  • Daily Meditation: (helps your brain learn to focus on the task at hand – rather than being scatter-brained)
  • Random acts of kindness: When you open your e-mail inbox, send just one positive e-mail to one person in your social support network (makes you happier)
If you spend time stressing out about how “you need to be happier,” or “you need to relax,” you might just end up being even more stressed and unhappy. But rather than focusing on the ambiguous goal of “being more happy,” try following a METHODOLOGY like what Achor describes (a SET OF HABITS or a ROUTINE that you stick to over a period of time) – you might just find that after 21 days, you are feeling happier and doing better work.
Please leave a comment below on how this works for you!

 
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One Response to “Achieving higher performance through happiness”

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