Gratitude and happiness
According to the positive psychologist, Shawn Achor, there is something called the ‘Happiness Advantage‘; a positive state of mind which results in our brains becoming more engaged, motivated, resilient and productive.
In the context of work, it means people start thinking ‘When I’m happy, I’ll be successful’, rather than ‘When I’m successful, I’ll be happy’.
Shawn Achor states…
“[It’s] the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.”
And one of the techniques to help train your brain to be more receptive and tuned in to positivity is to look for 5 daily gratitudes. Simple, everyday things that you can think of to be grateful for. Each day you have to think of 5 new gratitudes.
The upshot, is a mindset that is more positive, and an outlook that will help you feel happier with life.
At the time of writing, the last known survivor of the Holocaust, Alice Herz-Sommer, recently died at the ripe old age of 110. Alice’s optimism and positive outlook, as well as her piano skills, are said to be what saved her from despair and misery whilst being kept prisoner of war at a Nazi concentration camp during WW2.
Think positive. Stay positive. Be happy.
See Shawn Achor speak at TEDx Bloomington