Shawn Achor seems to think so, and he’s got a website to prove it: www.happinessadvantage.com. We had the privilege of listen to Achor speak at the USANA Convention just over a week ago. His presentation was engaging, humorous and memorable. He also continued his seminar during one of the breakout sessions. His philosophy is simple: “Happiness fuels success, not the other way around.”
Ask yourself this – are you constantly waiting to be happy? Do you ever think, I’ll be happy when I’m married, have a child, move into a bigger home, have more money? What if you just decided to be happy now? Right now. Exactly where you are. This is not the first time I’ve heard this lesson, but I can tell you that it is so fundamentally simple that we often forget to do it. So, are you happy RIGHT NOW?
Achor gave us a few simple strategies to help us change our behaviours and to help us focus on being happier one day at a time. He challenged us to performing one of these behaviours, everyday, for 21 days, to create a new habit.
- Gratitudes – 3 things you are grateful for in the last 24 hours, must be specific and must be different.
- Journaling – write detailed experience of a meaningful event that happened in last 24 hours
- Exercise – 30 minutes, daily and get your heart pumping
- Meditation- take a deep breath, one task at a time
- Random Acts of Kindness- 2 min positive email first thing in morning
I have chosen to do 2 of them since August 28. At night, just before I turn off the light, I type my 3 gratitudes of the day into my Playbook. That way, I have a record of all of the things I am grateful for and when I have a bad moment, all I have to do is look at the list.
The second thing I have chosen to do is the Random Acts of Kindness, first thing in the morning. This one has proven to be more challenging, as I find that baby takes my attention first thing in the am. A few years ago I bought a stack of Thank-You cards and wrote 2 cards a day, 5 days a week, for a month. It was a pretty amazing feeling to just let people know how much I appreciated them. I may choose to do this one again, as I really enjoyed it!
Achor has written a book – The Happiness Advantage – and you can download an excerpt here. I highly recommend visiting his website and taking a look at the book. He made an impact on my life in a very short period of time, I’m sure he’ll make an impact on yours too. Check in below if you’ve had a chance to hear him speak or if you’ve read the book.