In Shawn Achor’s book, The Happiness Advantage, he describes how happiness represents an advantage in every major aspect of our lives. According to psychology studies, positive brains have a biological advantage over brains that are neutral or negative.
What I enjoyed about this book is the fact that Shawn provides a list of principles we need to follow in order to rewire our brains and turn happiness into an everlasting behavior.
- Principle #1: The Happiness Advantage – As if you didn’t think being happy was a worthwhile goal!
- Principle #2: The Fulcrum and the Lever – The fulcrum is actually our mindset and the lever is the power.
- Principle #3: The Tetris Effect – This allows us to identify patterns of options, so that we may take advantage of each opportunity we face.
- Principle #4: Falling up – The concept of falling up in order to describe the mental path that we need to find, so that we may be able to avoid failure and find the way towards happiness
- Principle #5: The Zorro Circle – There will be moments when we feel overwhelmed by different events and situations. Regaining control in our lives requires we make a Zorro Circle containing small goals that can build to larger ones. By narrowing your scope, you gain control.
- Principle #6: The 20-Second Rule – the rule is based on our natural gravitation to activities that are easy to get started on. Keep positive habits only 20 seconds away from you!
- Principle #7: Social Investment – “The most successful people invest in their friends, peers, and family members to propel themselves forward.”
If you want more of Shawn, check out his TED video below:
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