Few people would argue that smiling is bad for you, but new research is showing just how many ways smiling is beneficial to your career and well-being.
Why is a smile so powerful? It all comes down to how smiling can change your brain.
Shawn Achor dubs retraining our “brain to scan for the good things in life–to help us see more possibility, to feel more energy, and to succeed at higher levels” as “The Positive Tetris Effect” in his book The Happiness Advantage. His argument is that the popular game Tetris has a tendency to make such an impression on players that after it’s been shut off, people still see Tetris blocks in real life. According to Achor, we can do the same thing by practicing a more positive thinking pattern, which, ultimately creates a happiness loop.
Achor writes: “Happiness is a work ethic… It’s something that requires our brains to train just like an athlete has to train.”
The more we train, the easier it becomes to think positively, shut out negativity, and, in turn, boost your productivity and creativity, which allows you to perform better at work and life. Happiness advantage.
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What is success anyway? Shawn Anchor has done some extensive research on the relationship between happiness and success. His research has discovered that conventional wisdom is backwards, success doesn’t fuel happiness. But the exact opposite. We won’t spoil too much here but to learn more check out his book 📖
The Happiness Advantage - How A Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life
I can be your holistic nutritionist this does include lifestyle strategies. You can eat right, but I'd you don't take care of you and your mind, you are missing out on your potential.
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The brain is lazy and will follow the easiest path. The way the brain works is the more often we do something a certain way the quicker that process will be. This is what practise does. Practice strengthens the neural connections. Just as we can learn to play a musical instrument or ride a bike we can learn and train ourselves to feel happier.
If you have built the habit to complain and focus on the negative, these negative thoughts will come easier to you. This will make it harder to feel joy and find happiness and to be optimistic. You may even be more prone to anxiety or depression. It is possible to break this habit
It takes practice to focus on the positive.
SO WHAT DO I DO? Everyday write down three things that you are either grateful for or make you happy.
This can include things that you are good at in your job in your life etc. Give it a try at the end of the day and write down three things that were good that happened to you in the day. For an even stronger affect share this with others a friend, your spouse, a family member.
This practice will strengthen your old pathways to find more happiness and joy in the moment.
Research shows that if you do this consistently for 7 Days the impact can last up to 3-6 months. People who do this exercise have shown enhanced creativity and problem-solving. They may have fewer symptoms of illness and can function at a higher level during their day.
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Anchor is a great read!
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“You've probably noticed how when someone says hello or smiles at you, your automatic reaction is to say hello or smile back.” - Shawn Anchor #herbitforward #smile #sayhello
Let’s try something new. Shawn Anchor, a happiness researcher, learned that when people wrote down three things that happened within the past 24 hours that they are grateful for... and also WHY they are grateful for them, for 21 days straight, that it significantly increased their happiness. But it had to be things within the last 24 hours (new things) and the explanation of why also had to be written down or it did not have the same effect on the brain. I have a few friends that need a lift.. including myself (because let’s get real... who can’t use an extra boost of happiness?). So, I want to share this idea with my friends on Instagram and start a trend. Will you join with me? Day 1...
1) My doggie Buttercup let me use the hairdryer on her today after her bath for the first time ever and she wasn’t scared! Such a sweet girl! It made me feel a more trusting and loving connection with her 2) I was meditating wrapped in a blanket and my kitty Scotch came and crawled inside and put his little paw over my leg. I felt such happiness because he isn’t normally a cuddle kitty. 3) I had a wonderful conversation with a stranger lady about how amazing the Pacific Northwest is. AND during the convo I got to see a salmon jump up into a waterfall 😍😍😍. What 3 small or large wonderful things happened to you within the last 24 hours that you have to be grateful and don’t forget to remember WHY.
PS this is a photo I found from my first ever @loris_yoga
gravity aerial yoga class. 🤗💕🙏🏻
#gravityyoga #aerialyoga #trysomethingnew #gratitudepractice #gratitudeproject #happinessproject #happinessadvantage #shawnanchor #practiceyoga #practicehappiness #learntobehappy #gratitudeisthebestattitude
Happy Peeps Say ...”HEY”! .
HAPPY PEOPLE KNOW THAT:
Waiting to reach that MARK isn’t what really makes us Happy (I share this with my Fitness team), we must choose & learn to be happy (I love sharing tips on this too). AND, ironically, when we choose HAPPY...”The happiness and optimism actually FUEL performance and achievement~ giving us the competitive edge”~ the Happiness Advantage! “HEY!” 😁! Another tip....when we fuel our minds right...we direct our lives. My current Favorite is the book “The Happiness Advantage” ~ by Shawn Achor
What’s yours ? —————-
#comeongethappy #generatehappiness #positiveenergy #shawnanchor #happinessadvantage
Today I am frustrated with technology...I made a super fun, dancing, silly, video while working out and now can't get it to up load. :/ but I am going to stay positive because I had fun in my workout whether I can share it with you all ot not! #nevermissamonday #staypositive #shawnanchor #workoutmotivation
PS I want some new music for motivation got any suggestions? Drop them in the comments!! :)
Have you ever heard the idea that you can’t change people?
I used to whole heartedly agree. Change has to come from within. I still believe that in many ways. BUT you CAN change people and you do it all the time. ⠀⠀⠀
I talk a lot about how negative people and energy has a negative impact on our OWN mood and energy. There’s a ripple effect. The ripple effect happens when you’re POSITIVE though too. ⠀⠀⠀
There have been legit studies around this. Medical staff in a hospital were told, as part of a clinical study, to smile at every person they came within 10 feet of and greet every person that came within 5
feet. Half of the staff agreed and half didn’t, but by the end of the month, ALL staff AND patients were reciprocating the idea whether they were part of the study or not. Positive reviews of the hospital sky rocketed, patients reported feeling better cared for & staff reported higher levels of happiness at work ...
UMMMM that’s baller. ⠀⠀⠀
Our energy, mood, vibe, attitude - whatever you want to call it - changes people. It changed OUR mindset and it changes those around us. So let me ask you this ...
What kind of effect do YOU cause?
#teamfitfoodies #happinessquotes #smilemore #domore #shawnanchor #bigpotential #floridagirl #saintpetersburg #floridalife
Do you choose to be happy? We had the privilege of listening to Shawn Anchor, author of “The Happiness Advantage,” at our summit this year. His message was very interesting and made me really think about my life and my attitude towards things.
He shared with us that it doesn’t matter how much money you have, where you live, if you’re married or single, what kind of career you have-Those external factors only effect about 10% of your happiness. Ninety percent of our happiness is determined by the way our brain processes the world around us. Do you see things through a positive or negative lens?
Wake up everyday knowing you have a choice and choose to be happy. If you need to work on this (there are plenty of days I do) I highly recommend checking out Shawn’s books. Life is too short to go through it unhappy.❤️
#thestruggleisreal #thehappinessproject #shawnanchor #thehappinessadvantage #chooselife #chooselifeliveitdoit #boymom
💙 #happymommy #happylife
❤️ #smilesarecontagious #farmlifebestlife
Do you guys know why lightning bugs light up at different times? They are looking for mates. And it makes sense to look for a mate as an individual, lighting up alone. But in some corners of the world, lightning bugs light up together— painting huge flashes of light across the sky. A lightning bug that lights up on its own has a 3% chance of finding a mate. The rare lightning bugs that glow together have upwards of an 80% chance of finding a mate...
Our culture idolizes the “lone wolf” & encourages individualism.
But in truth, we are better together.
Happiness is not an individual endeavor— people are innately connected, it’s how we are wired, and we influence/ are influenced by the people surrounding us on a deep level.
We shape each other and change each other.
We can choose to spread positivity instead of negativity, we can choose to reach out for help, help others, collaborate...
Thank you to Shawn Achor for presenting this, a researcher who studies the science of happiness, our keynote speaker of today's workshop. (You should check out his Ted talks)
Being in this environment for the last few days has been so empowering 💓😭 & if you find yourself surrounded by toxicity, you have a place to lift yourself up w me and my team 🙃 @ Indianapolis, Indiana #happinessresearch #nourishyoursoul #wanderlustwellness #mindfulness #liveauthentic #liveinjoy #connection #openness #lightningbugs #fireflies #amazing #shine #bealight #gratitude #shawnanchor #community #tribe #growth
You only have one body!!
This is your sign to just go!!
I heard a definition from @shawnachor
while listening to @supersoul
that really resonated with me: “Happiness is the joy we feel striving for our potential”
What does happiness mean for you? 📸: @ronguloyphotography
If you’re dealing with depression, please listen to this podcast with #ShawnAnchor
. This will really help you understand things more and hopefully give you some tips you can use to overcome some of your battles .
Did you know that smiling can shift your mood?
Smiling research demonstrates that lifting your facial muscles upwards has a positive effect on the brain.
I’m not an advocate of fake smiles - so think about someone you love or a happy, funny event in your life and you’ll naturally begin to 🙂 and uplift your #mood
Smiling is not to be used to push away other emotions that want to surface and be acknowledged, but simply to get you out of negative thinking which can become a destructive pattern for your brain. .
. “Happiness is a work ethic… It’s something that requires our brains to train just like an athlete has to train.” Shawn Anchor - The Happiness Advantage
#shawnanchor #happinessadvantage #smiling #feelgood #trainyourbrain #signsareeverywhere #payattentiontothesigns
I've had a rough couple of days mentally and emotionally. I know I need a mindset shift so I'm going back to reading some personal development books that I've read before that have struck a chord with me in the past. I am currently reading "the Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson again. I came across Shawn Achor's five happy habits for the second time and remembered how much I liked the idea of them. So I'm going to be adding them to my daily routine.
I really struggle with mornings but I believe that if I get up, write the things that I'm thankful for, journal about something positive that happened the day before, and meditate the rest of the day will go better. Emails (or in my case Facebook messages or Instagram DMs) and my exercise will have to wait for later so that I can get to early morning rehearsals with my dancers. Hoping that this will be the mindset shift I need.
Now, I'm an obliger. If you don't know what that is, look up Gretchen Rubins's Four Tendencies. I need external accountability to develop habits. Who wants to keep me accountable?
“Intelligence counts for only 25 percent of our job success; 75 percent of our successes in life—and not just about jobs but within the working world—75 percent of what causes our kids to be successful, is not about our intelligence and technical skills. It’s how we process the world. It’s our optimism. Like the belief that our behavior really matters. #shawnanchor
via @oprah #wisdomofsundays #raisingfreepeople #selfdirectedlearning
Worth a watch or listen to learn about the scientific research on happiness. Daily happiness habits found to have profound effects, and aide in rewiring your brain to make yourself happy. - Writing 3 things you're grateful for each day
- Journaling a positive experience a day
- 2 minutes meditation daily
- One kind act daily
- 15 minutes of exercise
- Deep social connection
ANNNNNND social connection is as predictive of how long we will live living as obesity, high blood pressure, or smoking.
FB Live tonight at 8:00 to talk community and how we can use social media platforms to build them!
#buildingcommunity #socialmediacommunity #happinessseeker #happinessadvantage #happinessisyou #21daysofgratitude #dailypractice #shawnanchor
Listened to @oprah #soulsunday
on my drive. Studies show this to be true. Happiness is knowing you have potential and then working to achieve it. Just like our rubberband challenge-happiness is in the power of ‘could be’!