Now that I have your attention, I’ll tell you how much it costs. Not much.
This week, my husband brought me a simple bouquet of flowers from the grocery store. When he arranged them in water, he pulled out a single rose and put it in a slender vase that fits nicely by my computer screen. As I worked for the next 2 days with that little flower smiling at me, it made me happier than normal. It evoked a sense of well-being and clarity. I felt more productive. Sounds silly, but I decided fresh flowers on my desk are an investment I need to make on a regular basis. A good business decision is accompanied by a positive Return on Investment (ROI) and I am certain this is a good plan.
I’ve been a happy person for so long, it’s never really occurred to me that happiness can be taught.
So it was with delight and a sense of destiny that I came across this TEDTalk video of Shawn Achor, author of “The Happiness Advantage.” This will make you laugh and leave you smiling, but also provoke you to consider that we can actually train our brain to be happy.
Achor says, “It’s not necessarily reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes reality.” And if that doesn’t intrigue you, consider his research that shows that 75% of your career success is NOT dependent on IQ, but on 3 major factors:
1. Your optimism levels.
2. Social support.
3. Your ability to see stress as a challenge rather than a threat.
P.S. After this presentation, no one will ever be able to tell me I talk too fast. This may be a record.