It’s a chicken and egg question….
I recently came across an article in the September 2018 Toastmasters Magazine that asserted that happiness comes first. Do you agree?
Success, it argues, cannot lead to happiness because success is a moving target. As soon as you hit your target, you raise it again and thus the happiness from success is only fleeting. Shawn Achor, a leader in the field of positive psychology, argues that happiness has a profound effect on brain function and significantly increases individual performance, leading to greater success. He has research that suggests that happiness leads to improved problem-solving, increased memory and retention, higher accuracy and greater creativity. So to be successful, we just need to be happy?
Great… so how do we be happy?
To increase our happiness, we just have to appreciate what we have, be kind, integrate movement into our day and listen to our bodies. Not only will we feel happier, but this positive mindset will lead to greater success!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Do you agree? What do you do to increase your happiness?
“Success is getting what you want; Happiness is wanting what you get”Dale Carnegie
“Success is getting what you want; Happiness is wanting what you get”
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