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Tag: Shawn Achor

Success and happiness are not individual sports

In Sean Achor’s new book, Big Potential, he talks about how success and happiness are not individual sports but team efforts.  He mentions an American biologist, Professor Hugh Smith, who was travelling through a Southeast Asian jungle in 1935.  Suddenly, surrounded by night sky, the professor saw a mangrove tree along the river completely light up and then go dark.  And it happened again a few seconds later.  Next all the trees along the river embankment lit up and went dark together.  After his initial shock wore off, he realized that the trees were covered in lightning bugs who were flashing their light in unison.   Continue reading

Happiness comes before success

I’m reading The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.  If you haven’t watched his TED Talk, it’s a must.  He reminds us through years of research he did while at Harvard that happiness comes before success.  Not the other way around.

So many of us think we will be happy when we meet that special someone, graduate, get a job, earn a promotion, buy a house, have children or lose weight. But research shows that if we are happier where we are, we will end up getting to where we need to be at a much quicker pace. Continue reading

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