I've been so busy this month, that I've hardly had time to put on my rose-coloured glasses. Sure, the burst of amazing summer-like weather made me feel really happy for a few days, but as soon as the sun went away and the temperatures dropped, I was feeling stressed and agitated again. Today, I went in search of something to shift that. I needed a boost. I came across this incredible TED Talk, by renowned psychologist Shawn Achor (founder of GoodThinkInc.). He argues that happiness inspires productivity. So, being happy leads to a more successful and productive work life. Sounds good to me! He says, "What we’re finding is it’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but rather the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality.” Rose-coloured glasses all the way! He suggests that training your brain to become more positive is the key to success. But how do you do this?
Here are a few of his suggestions:
1. Write down three new things you’re grateful for every day for 21 days. This will rewire your brain to scan the world for the positive, before looking at the negative.
2. Journal about one positive experience you've had every day. Spend time reliving those happy, positive feelings.
3. Exercise regularly to teach your brain that your behaviour matters.
4. Meditate to help your brain get over the cultural ADHD it has been conditioned to, and help it focus on the task at hand.
5. Do one random or conscious act of kindness every day.
Need a boost? Ready to spend more of your life in happiness? Then I recommend watching this video immediately.