How often do you think, ‘I just need to finish this and then, I will be happy’? Perhaps friends, family or teachers remind you, ‘happiness is the reward for putting in the effort, working hard and achieving your goals’. But what about your current state of mind? How happy do you feel right now? Maybe your quest to achieve today, so you can be happy in the future, is the problem.
Shawn Achor in this TED video explains how raising positivity in our present can ‘turn on’ parts of the brain that help us function more efficiently and learn more effectively. Watch the video and see Achor using humour to illustrate why actively managing your thoughts can help you develop a positive mindset. The benefit of recognising the positive now, rather than believing happiness will result from achieving something in the future, is that you place yourself in a position to identify opportunities and create what you want to create.
Of course, happiness and positivity are not necessarily synonymous terms, but I will leave that post for another day. Watch the video and let me know what you think.
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