Five ways to... be happier at work
Shawn Achor is chief executive of Good Think Inc, where he researches and teaches about positive psychology www.ted.com
1. Change the lens through which your brain views the world
It’s not reality that shapes us, but this lens. Your brain is 31% more productive when you’re feeling positive, compared to when you’re negative, neutral or stressed.
2. You can train your brain to be more positive
Take two minutes for the next 21 days over the following tasks (steps 3 and 4). Only 25% of job success is predicted by IQ; the rest is predicted by your optimism levels, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat.
3. Every day, write down three new things to be grateful for
This will help to rewire your brain, which will start to retain a pattern of scanning the world for the positive first.
4. Every morning, when you open your email, write one positive email praising or thanking somebody in your network
These random acts of kindness are, in fact, conscious acts of kindness.
5. These actions are like exercise for the brain
The exercises teach your brain that your behaviour matters. Practising thinking in this way enables the brain to focus on the task at hand.