When it comes to the pursuit of success and happiness, most people assume the same formula: if you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you’ll be happy. The only problem is that a decade of cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology has proven that this formula is backwards. Shawn Achor has written an amazing book on it, and these are his 7 principles:
- The Happiness Advantage: helps you be more successful. Success doesn’t beget happiness.
- The Fulcrum and the Lever: A positive mindset (fulcrum) can leverage power to achieve success (however defined).
- The Tetris Effect: That same positive mindset can recognise patterns of possibility that would otherwise be missed.
- Falling Up: When experiencing a major crisis or encountering a major threat, selecting the right mental ‘path’ will reveal the best course of action to take.
- The Zorro Circle: Control emotions by focusing first on small, manageable goals, and then gradually expanding the circle to achieve progressively bigger ones.
- The 20-Second Rule: When willpower weakens or fails, make small adjustments of energy to reroute the path of least resistance with better habits and renewed willpower.
- The Social Investment: When challenged or threatened, invest in one of the greatest predictors of success and excellence — our social network of support.
This is an excerpt from The Stress Report.
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