The secrets to happiness and becoming a better person

January 21st, 2013 - Posted by in Blog, Happier Life

happiness secrets

This is a intriguing speech on happiness, by Shawn Achor from Harvard University. The whole talk is funny but skip to 10 minutes 08 seconds for key info. Shawn talks a bit too fast but its worth investing a little time to watch the video a couple of times.

These are the key points he had found:

If you can raise someone’s level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage, which is your brain at positive performs significantly better than it does at negative, neutral or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise.

We’ve found that there are ways that you can train your brain to be able to become more positive. In just a two-minute span of time done for 21 days in a row, we can actually rewire your brain, allowing your brain to actually work more optimistically and more successfully.

These are the things you should do to create lasting positive change:

  • 3 gratitudes (emmons & maccullough, 2003)
  • journaling (slatcher & pennebaker, 2006)
  • exercise (babyak et al., 2000)
  • meditation (dweck, 2007)
  • random acts of kindness (lyubomirsky, 2005)

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