Society currently subscribes to a false formula for happiness: People believe that happiness will follow success. Yet with each new achievement, their brains set a new, higher bar, and contentment remains beyond reach. Reversing this formula by being optimistic even before you attain your goals refers to the “happiness advantage.” When you are positive, you become more creative, energized and intelligent, as well as 31% more productive than when you are negative or neutral.

How many times a day do you hear the naysayers loudly and repeatedly complaining about every aspect of their lives, especially at work? “I have too much work and not enough time, the office is too cold, the customers are rude.” When I recently came across a TED Talks video by Shawn Achor all of this negativity and how to deal with it finally made sense! I was able to figure out in 12 minutes the “Happy Secret to Better Work.” These were the key takeaways that every person and organization can benefit from to ensure a happy and positive work environment:

  • People believe that happiness follows success, but in fact, the reverse is true. A positive outlook inspires achievement.
  • Being positive confers the “happiness advantage”: increased creativity, energy, intelligence and productivity.
  • Environment has only a minimal influence on happiness. How YOU view the world determines YOUR contentment and shapes YOUR reality.
  • Thus, simply by altering your perceptions, you can be happier and change outcomes.
  • To rewire your mind for a sunnier outlook, journal daily about three things for which you are grateful. Moreover, exercise, meditate and engage in acts of kindness.

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive. Watch this amazing video below to learn about what you can do to become a happier, and more successful person in all aspects of your life, but especially at work!