“Once I land that long-anticipated promotion, make more money, get my kids into the right schools, lose a few pounds, or find a meaningful relationship… then I’ll be happy.”
Have you ever caught yourself saying something like that?
Most people believe that once they are successful, then they’ll be happy.
But based on recent discoveries in the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience, that formula for happiness is wrong. In fact, it’s backwards.
It turns out, happiness actually fuels success, not the other way around. And when we become more positive, our brain becomes more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, healthier, resilient and productive.
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 others at companies like UBS and KPMG—to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work.
Bottom line : If you want to be successful, first be happy then you will be successful.