What comes first: Happiness or Success?

18 04 2014

Forget me notIn one of my Facebook groups, we were asked what one thing  — if it happened — would make this a GOOD year for us. That was an interesting question, and it really made me think. What I realized, though, was that my year was already better than good. In fact, it was pretty awesome. And I have so many things I’m looking forward to this year.

I’ve also had some fantastic things happen over the past year, things I’ve always wanted have become reality. But the truth is: Every year I’ve lived has been good — awesome, in fact. And each one has been better than the one before it. And I expect they’ll get even better in the future.

Then I saw this TED talk, and I discovered why. Most people think success will make them happy, but according to Shawn Achor, the exact opposite is true. Happiness brings success.

He lists five things that will lead to both happiness and success. Four of them I’m doing regularly, and the fifth one sporadically. Who knew these simple practices could make that much difference in life? But I do agree that they are key to a positive mindset. I have a few more suggestions I could add to his list, but for now, if you aren’t doing these, why not give it a try?

 

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18 04 2014
Marcia Strykowski

I love TED talks, this one’s great. I think looking forward to a possible reward is often more exciting than the reward itself, and happiness brings that journey to a whole new level. Good for you for being able to accomplish all five practices. I’m often guilty of multitasking and should slow down. I especially find meditation difficult, but I’ll have to give these five another try.

18 04 2014
lje1

I agree, Marcia. Sometimes the anticipation is more fun than the reward.

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