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Happiness and Productivity

04/11/2012 Leave a comment

I thought this TEDTalk by Shawn Achor was really quite good. Happy workers are more productive – that seems pretty intuitive. What I found really interesting were the methods he describes for making people happier:

  • 3 gratitudes – a daily listing of three new things for which you are grateful, for 21 days
  • journaling – specifically, writing down 1 positive experience from the past day
  • meditation
  • “random acts of kindness” – even something as small as writing one positive email every day

Videos like this are awesome. By showing people they can make themselves happier, they encourage people to “own” their happiness – as opposed to falling into the all-too-common trap of letting the world dictate their feelings.

LOL,

Tim

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