Business psychologists believe that if you retrain your brain to focus more on the positives in the workplace, then you’re more likely to succeed in business. Shawn Achor, a Harvard researcher and expert on happiness in the workplace, believes a higher level of positivity allows you to work harder and be more productive. It’s what he calls the “Happiness Advantage.” He has identified five happiness techniques that, if applied for two minutes a day over 21 days, may leave you significantly more positive, and ultimately more successful, than you were before. Here are five secrets for a happier, more productive work life.
Write down three new things for which you’re grateful every day. By the end of your 21 days, your brain will likely be retrained to focus on the positive first, not the negative.
Keep a journal
Take notes on your positive experiences from the last 24 hours. This can teach your brain to relive that experience and boost your positivity and productivity at work.
Get in some exercise
Physical activity helps release endorphins and other chemicals that make you feel good. In addition to making you feel good, you’re less tired and more productive because you have more energy.
Carve out quiet time
Try a daily meditation, prayer or reflection to calm the mind and get over that which is weighing you down. You can then see the way forward.
Perform random acts of kindness
Send one positive email daily thanking someone in your social or business support circle.
In less than 30 days, incorporating these tools into your routine may lead you to a new formula for a more productive lifestyle and overall happiness not just at work!
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