Harvard psychologist Shawn Anchor tells us that:
Ninety per cent of your long term happiness is predicted not by the external world but by the way your brain processes that world.”
Research has shown that happiness isn’t something that comes to us after we have achieved success, it’s the other way around: we become happy, then we become successful.
“Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise… and every single business outcome improves.”
So how do we get happy?
Turns out it’s simple.
As this slide at 11 minutes 7 seconds shows, you only need to do these five things every day for 21 days in a row:
- Write down three new things that you are grateful for, and after 21 days your brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world for the positive instead of the negative.
- Journal about one positive experience you have had over the past 24 hours, and you reinforce that by remembering and reliving it.
- Take physical exercise, and your brain learns that your behaviour matters.
- Meditate, and you get over our “cultural ADHD” and teach your brain to focus on one task.
- Praise or thank someone every day and again you get into the habit of looking for the things that are going right.
All five actions are recommended as part of Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of Inner Leadership.
Do these things every day for 21 days and your brain gets rewired for happiness, and becomes 31 percent more productive. Success then follows.