Sunday, July 18, 2010

THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS & POTENTIAL, with Shawn Achor





[Shawn Achor from Harvard University speaks on “Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness & Potential.” He is the author of 'The Happiness Advantage', which has the following interesting premises:

- happiness fuels success, not the other way around;
- when we are positive, our brains become engaged, creative, motivated, ennergetic, resilient & productive at work
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He shares four simple exercises to help train your brain for happiness:

1. Three Gratitudes

Before you go to bed each night, write down three things that you're grateful for. Try to do this every night for at least a week. The more specific your list is, the better. For instance, if you are grateful for your children, write down something specific they did today that made you smile.

2. Maximizing Strengths

First, go here to take the VIA Strengths survey and find out what your Signature Strengths are. Now try to use one of these strengths in a new and different way every day for a week. Try to shape a normally boring daily task into one that uses your strength in a creative way.

3. Journaling

A few times in the coming week, take 20 minutes to write in your journal about a recent positive experience. Try to be as specific as you can about the experience and why it made you happy.

4. Meditation

Every day, take 5 minutes to sit quietly and watch your breath go in and out. Try to clear your mind of other thoughts and just think about your breathing.

More information is available at his corporate website;]

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