The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor

This book is just a wealth of knowledge on happiness. “We become more successful when we are happier and more positive.” This statement seems pretty intuitive yet how do we become happier? In the book, Achor, who is a researcher at Harvard, outlines his 7 principles to gain a competitive advantage to thrive in life. There are so many great points to this book but my top takeaways are:

 

1. Just as Harvard professor Matthew D. Lieberman hypothesizes in his book “Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect” that the reason why we have evolved to have such a big brain, compared to other mammals, is that we are meant to socialize and connect with others. In fact, when we feel socially rejected, the same part of the brain where physical pain is associated with lights up on a brain scanner. Just as Harvard professor Matthew D. Lieberman hypothesizes in his book “Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect” that the reason why we have evolved to have such a big brain, compared to other mammals, is that we are meant to socialize and connect with others. In fact, when we feel socially rejected, the same part of the brain where physical pain is associated with lights up on a brain scanner. Countless studies have found that social relationships are the best guarantee of heightened well-being and lowered stress, both an antidote for depression and a prescription for high performance.

 

2. Achor looked at the connection between success and happiness and concluded that those who are happier become more successful versus those who are successful are happier.People who put their heads down and wait for work to bring eventual happiness put themselves at a huge disadvantage, while those who capitalize on positivity every chance they get come out ahead.

 

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3. The more we fixate on something, the more it becomes “visible”. In our brains, we have a reticular activating system (RAS) and when we fixate on something, we tend to notice/pay attention to it more.When our brains constantly scan for and focus on the positive, we profit from three of the most important tools available to us: happiness, gratitude, and optimism.

 

4. The more you perceive to have control, the happier you will be. Learn to frame situations to become more favourable. Stay positive and in control. “Research has shown that people who believe that the power lies within their circle have higher academic achievement, greater career achievement, and are much happier at work. An internal locus lowers job stress and turnover, and leads to a higher motivation, organizational commitment, and task performance.

 

5. Our brains have something called mirror neurons and respond to those who we observe. This is exactly why we react when we see others become severely injured.Neuroscience has revealed that when we make eye contact with someone, it actually sends a signal to the brain that triggers empathy and rapport.

 

By Ryan Lee

 

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