TED Talk Video: The Happy Secret To Better Work

“Thank you” to my friend Tony Brogna for sharing this funny and fantastic TED talk video by Shawn Achor.

I can get engrossed in building my business while working a full-time job and miss things that are right in front of me. I get the feeling that happiness is something that comes after success–I don’t totally believe that, but boy do I act like it sometimes. The video below challenges that notion and gives us an exercise that we can take on for 21 days to help us make a shift in our happiness and our performance.

Below the video are some of the quotes I thought you would like and information on the exercise from the video.

Favorite Quotes

[box] “What we are finding is that it’s not necessarily reality that shapes us, but the lens in which your brain views the world shapes your reality. If we can change the lens, not only can we change our happiness, we can change every single business and educational outcome at the same time.”

“Why do you waste your time studying happiness at Harvard? Seriously, what does a Harvard student possibly have to be unhappy about? Embedded within that question is the key to understanding the science of happiness. Because what that question assumes is that our external world is predictive of our happiness levels; when in reality, if I know everything about your external world I can only predict 10% of your long-term happiness.”

“90% of your long-term happiness is predicted not by the external world, but the way your brain processes the world.”

“If happiness is on the other side of success, your brain never gets there.” Tweet this Quote

“Your brain at positive performs significantly better than it does at negative, neutral or stress.”[/box]


The Challenge

2 minutes a day for 21 days in a row can change your life. Are you up for the challenge? Let me know in the comment section below.

As always my goal is to help you, Run the Point (take action) from where you are, with what you have.

By the way, if you are a fan of TED talks, there are plenty online which you can watch. Or, alternatively, you could approach your employer to see if they could organise one as a sort of training activity. There are plenty of sports speakers available for bookings who offer interesting motivational talks.

Your Ambassador…to Happiness.

Mike Ambassador Bruny

Mike Ambassador Bruny
Mike Ambassador Bruny

I have a deep desire to help spread entrepreneurial thinking as the solutions to many of our problems today. I am a project kind of guy who loves to get things started. When I'm not in search of contract work (projects) that I can do during the nights and weekends I can be found working as a mild mannered Digital Content Manager for Babson Executive Education.