Shawn Achor: 5 Ways To Achieve Success


It is a common belief that success will bring happiness. We are forever trapped in the hamster wheel of chasing new goals and targets, convinced that when we get there we will be happy. However, recent discoveries in positive psychology have shown that it is in fact happiness that drives success not the other way around.

Waiting for happiness to appear as a result of success actually limits our brain’s potential. Whereas maintaining optimism and a positive attitude compels us to be more motivated, efficient, creative, productive, suffer less burnout and take less sick days. Happiness leads to success in all aspects of our lives.

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So if being positive and optimistic can result in such constructive outcomes, how do we achieve that state? Shawn gives five examples;

  1. Writing down three new things you are grateful every day for 21 days.
  2. Journaling about one positive experience you have had over the past 24 hours.
  3. Exercise
  4. Meditation
  5. Random acts of kindness.

These are great but do you have any of your own?

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