“The most successful people, the ones with the competitive edge, don’t look to happiness as some distant reward for their achievements; they are the ones who capitalize on the positive and reap the rewards at every turn.”~Shawn Achor
2 Minute Coaching Tool to Increase Optimism and Success
Does it need to be a long process to produce success and happiness in your life? Well, not according to recent research by Shawn Achor at Harvard. Spend as little as 2 minutes per day for 21 days to start thinking more positively and successfully. The bottom line: happiness and positive thoughts in the present produce successful outcomes.
You can learn more in Achor’s book The Happiness Advantage.
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We think that greater success produces greater happiness. The reverse is true: Happiness produces more success. So the key to success is to first concentrate on getting happier.
Shifts in thinking can change the course of your entire day. Simply by taking brief moments through the day to focus on more positive thoughts increases optimism and produces more positive experiences. Becoming positive in the present results in our brains working better and produces great results. So, how do we practice this positive thinking?
Rewire your Brain
Achor found that the following two simple writing exercises effectively rewire our brain chemistry for more positive results:
- 3 Gratitudes- Write down three new things per day you are grateful for. In 21 days you can train your brain to scan your environment for the positives.
- Journaling – Write about one positive experience you have had in the last 24 hours. Your brain relives the experience and amplifies the effects of that positive experience.
90% of long-term happiness is predicted not by the external world but by the way your brain processes that world, according to Achor. If you change the formula for happiness and success you can then change the way you effect reality.
Appreciative Journaling for Happiness and Success
Achor’s research supports the practice of Appreciative Journaling. The Food for Thought Journal was created as a tool to specifically support your noticing and writing about the positives in your life. Don’t like journaling so much? No worries. The Food for Thought Journal has 22 different appreciative journaling exercises that will make if fun and easy and develop your positive brain.
Devoting just a few minutes a day to this journal has been shown to help build your appreciative muscle, support your well-being and build resilience while also helping you focus on life’s positives – rather than its pitfalls –and notice the good things in life. Our ability to be happy, optimistic and successful is available to us right now in just a simple shift of awareness!
To watch Achor’s TED talk on the happiness advantage go here
To put this all into practice and learn more about the “Food for Thought” Journal click here