Change the lens, change your happiness

Change the lens, change your happiness

If I work harder, I’ll be more successful, and then I’ll be happier. According to psychologist Shawn Achor, this common belief is “broken and backward.”

His research has found that only a quarter of job success can be directly predicted by IQ. The other three-quarters come from factors like optimism, social support and one’s ability to view stress as a challenge instead of a threat.

The lesson: change the lens, change your happiness.

Rather than focusing on future success metrics as a marker for happiness, raise your level of positivity in the present. Achor says that a more positive attitude can raise your energy levels, your creativity, even your intelligence. Every business outcome improves with “your brain on positive.”

“This is great, Michael,” you’re thinking. “Of course I’d like to be more positive, but exactly how does one get there?”

Well, Achor has ideas. He cites exercises like a gratitude practice, journaling, meditation, exercise and even random acts of kindness as ways to bring more positivity to your life and work. You never know, starting with even one might be an interesting exploration for you.

By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific, Inc.