This funny and meaningful TED talk by positive psychologist Shawn Achor opens with a humorous tale from his childhood. Through the power of positive thinking alone, Achor says, he transformed a difficult situation into one of levity and good energy. He explains, “it’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality.”
Often asked to consult different businesses, schools and organizations, Achor evaluates happiness to success ratios. Success, he has found, is not a static concept – it’s always changing, as people strive to outperform themselves and set new goals along the way. When success is equated with happiness, people find themselves farther away from attaining both, as one is not necessarily contingent on the other.
This delightful 12-minute talk delivers what it promises in the title, and reveals that the secret to better work is a lot easier than we think.