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The Happy Secret to Better Work

THE НАРPY SECRET TO BETTER WORK THE UNIVERSAL HAPPINESS MYTH before 1543 MOST OF THE WORLD BELIEVED THAT THE EARTH WAS THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE THAT THE SUN REVOLVED AROUND THE EARTH But Then . COPERNICUS ARGUED THE OPPOSITE WAS TRUE THAT THE EARTH REVOLVED AROUND THE SUN Today A SIMILIAR SHIFT IS UNDERWAY THE FIELD OF PSYCHOLOGY HAPPINESS SUCCESS HAPPINESS FOR GENERATIONS WE WERE LED TO BELIEVE HAPPINESS ORBITED AROUND SUCCESS THAT IF WE WORK HARD ENOUGH, WE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL SUCCESS AND ONLY IF WE ARE SUCCESSFUL WILL WE BE HAPPY But, Gike Copernicus WE ARE LEARNING THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE HAPPINESS SUCCESS SUCCESS THAT WHEN WE ARE HAPPY, WE ARE SMARTER, MORE MOTIVATED, AND THUS MORE SUCCESSFUL HOW DOES IT WORK? DOPAMINE SEROTONIN CREATIVITY LEARNING ORGANIZATION POSITIVE EMOTIONS CAUSE DOPAMINE & SEROTONIN TO FLOOD OUR BRAIN DIALING UP THE LEARNING CENTERS OF YOUR BRAIN BENEFIT OF HAPPIER WORKERS LIVING BETTER LONGER HEALTH Journals from a convent of 180 nuns showed that the nuns Research shows that unhappy employees take 1.25 more sick who shared joyful content lived nearly ten years longer than the nuns whose entries were days per month or 15 extra sick days a year negative or neutral COMPETITIVE IMPROVED EDGE AWARENESS Three groups of doctors in a studý were sent to see patients. The doctors who were A University of Toronto study found that your mood changes how your brain processes primed for happiness made the right diagnosis twice as fast and exhibited much more creativity than the other groups visual information WHAT MAKES US HAPPIER AT WORK? ENCOURAGEMENT Project teams with encouraging managers performed 31% better than teams whose managers were less positive and less open with praise RECOGNITION Studies reported that when recognition is specific and deliberately delivered, it is even more motivating than money WARM LEADERS In a study that tested performance relative to a manager's speaking tone, "cheerful enthusiasm" and "serene warmth" proved most effective and resulted in greater profits HOW EMPLOYERS BENEFIT INCREASED PROFITS Coors reported a $6.15 return in profitability for every $1 spent on its corporate fitness program LOWER TURNOVER A Kansas State study found that turnover was .57 times less for any one-unit increase in well-being I QUIT I'M OUT EXIT PRODUCTIVE WORKERS A report revealed that 89% of employees with high levels of well-being reported high job satisfaction and nearly 2/3 of those employees reported consistently putting in extra effort at work HOW TO INCREASE YOUR HAPPINESS MEDITATE Neuroscientists have found that monks who spend years meditating actually grow their left prefrontal cortext, the part of the brain most responsible for feeling happy FIND SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO One study found that people who just thought about watching their favorite movie actually raised their endorphin levels by 27% COMMIT CONSCIOUS ACTS OF KINDNESS Research has found that individuals who complete five acts of kindness over the course of a day report feeling much happier than control groups EXERCISE A study group of depressed patients who were assigned to exercise for 45 minutes 3 times a week experienced similar improvements in happiness to those who took antidepressants However, 6 months later they only experienced a relapse rate of 9% compared to the 38% relapse rate of those who had only taken the medication SPEND MONEY (BUT NOT ON YOURSELF) 46 students were given $20 to spend. The ones who were told to spend the money on others were happier at the end of the day compared to the ones who spent money on themselves READ GOOD BOOKS "The Happiness Advantage" by Shawn Achor is full of happiness studies and applications for improving your well-being Along with other books such as: "The How of Happiness" "Happy Hour is 9-5" "Peak: How Great Companies THE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE SHAWN ACHOR ni Coueandt Comp Get Their Mojo from Maslow" Sponsored by and their FREE eCourse "How to Find the Perfect Career Fit For Your Personality" Sources: [1] Achor, Shawn (2010). The Happiness Advantage: The Seven principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work. Random House Inc. [2] Fredrickson, B.L. & Branigan, C. (2005). Positive emotions broaden the scope of attention and thought-action repertoires. Cognition and Emotion, 19, 313-332. [3] Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. (2008) [4] Seligman, M.E.P. (2002). Authentic Happiness. New York: Free Press, at 4. [5] Gallager, W. (2009). Rapt. New York: Penguin, at 36. [6] Estrada, C.A., Isen, A. M. & Young, M. J. (1997). Positive affect facilities integration of information and decreases anchoring in reasoning among physicians. Organization Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 72, 117-135. [7] Deci, E. L. (1996). Why We Do What We Do. New York: Penguin. [8] Kjerulf, A. (2006). Happy Hour Is 9 to 5. Lulu Publishing. [9] Bachman, W. (1998). Nice Guys Finish First: A SYMLOG Analysis of U.S. Naval commands. In: Polley, R. B. et al. (Eds). The SYMLOG Practitioner: Applications of Small Group Research. New York: Prager. As cited in Goleman, D.(1998). Working with Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam, at 188. [10] Connelly, J.(2002). All together now. Gallup Management Journal, 2, 12-8. [11] [12] -making-your-employees-happy/ [13] [14] Lyubormirsky, S. (2007). The How of Happiness. New York: Penguin, at 127-0129 [15] Frank, R. H. (2000). Luxury Fever. New York: Princeton University Press. [16] Dunn, E., Aknin, L.BI, & Norton, M.I. (2008). Spending money on others promotes happiness. Science, 319, 1697-1688. Brought to you by: GoodThinkInc.

The Happy Secret to Better Work

shared by bchristiansen on Feb 12
Ever feel like you keep chasing happiness, but never quite get there? Here's a look at the science of happiness and how it applies to your job.




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