We want success in:
*relationships, including marriage
*jobs and careers
…right? Of course we want success, but how? The answer might be as simple as- Be happy!
As Shawn Anchor discusses extensively in his book, The Happiness Advantage, we perform better when we are happier. For example:
*Doctors put in a positive mood before making a diagnosis show almost three times more intelligence and creativity than doctors in a neutral state, and they make accurate diagnoses 19 percent faster
*Optimistic salespeople outsell their negative/pessimistic counterparts by 56 percent
*Students primed to feel happy do better on tests.
He points readers to a study by Lyubomirsky, S., King, L., & Diener, E. (2005). The benefits of frequent positive affect: Does happiness lead to success? Psychological Bulletin, 131, 803-855, at 834.
This study and others show that happy people are more likely to be more productive, produce higher sales, be better leaders, and have more job security with higher levels of pay. They take less sick days and have less turnover than their not-as-happy colleagues.
So don’t worry, be happy!
Here is a video clip to put a smile on your face:
Psychologists are also studying the negative. For every positive psychology study, there are 17 negative ones (e.g., studies on depression and disorder). Wow. Does that say something about our society?