This TED Video is The Happy Secret to Better Work, Shawn Achor. He talks really fast, especially for a fellow Texan. But he's entertaining and makes some interesting points.
This video was geared toward happiness in the workplace and in the schools, but I think we can take some of the point and apply it everywhere.
I really liked his point about how we look at the world through various "lenses." And then that's what tells us what reality is. It's not necessarily reality that shapes us, but the lens through which our brain views the world that shapes our reality. So it's a matter of changing the lens.
We think, "if I work hard, I'll be successful. And then I'll be happy." But he gives the idea that the formula needs to change.
"If you can raise somebody's level of positivity in the present, then their brain has the 'happiness advantage.' Which is your brain at positive performs significantly better than it does in negative, neutral or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise."And
"When dopamine floods into your system, not only does it make you happier, it turns on all the learning centers in your brain. Allowing you to adapt to the world in a different way. "He gives some suggestions for ways to retrain your brain to move toward happiness. Just a couple of minutes per day, you can actually rewire your brain. Do these things for 21 days and see if it works!
- 3 Gratitudes every day - what are you grateful for? This helps the brain develop a pattern of scanning the world looking for the positive, not the negative.
- Journaling about 2 positive experience you've had over the last 24 hours, allowing your brain to relive it.
- Exercise teaches your brain that your behavior matters.
- Meditation teaches your brain to stop multi-tasking and truly focus on the task at hand
- Random Acts of Kindness - open your email and send one email to someone praising or thanking them