If happiness is elusive it’s only because most people look in the wrong place!

If happiness is elusive it’s only because most people look in the wrong place!

The Primacy of Positivity – happiness precedes success, not the other way around

Here at The Happiness Institute we’ve been promoting this for a while now and this idea is at the heart of all our programs, especially our new and exciting weight loss program, The Happiness Diet

So it’s good to read and hear more from others who’re now agreeing with and providing support for our approach…

For example, Amanda Morrall writes:

Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard, get the big promotion, meet the right person, win the lottery we’ll be successful and therefore happy. Yet recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have found that’s not the case. Happiness itself is the precursor to success and fulfilment, not the other way around. Amanda Morrall talks to Harvard University’s Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage.

In the Western world most of us have been conditioned to believe that if we follow the well-worn path to success, we’ll end up happy. The steps in this formula are usually finishing school, landing a good job and working hard until we’ve climbed to the top rung of the ladder. The trouble is this recipe is flawed.

Psychology lecturer and author Shawn Achor, in his book, The Happiness Advantage, explains why.

“If success causes happiness, then every employee who gets a promotion, every student who receives an acceptance letter, everyone who has ever accomplished a goal of any kind should be happy. But with each victory our goalposts of success keep getting pushed further and further out, so that happiness gets pushed over the horizon.”

Our formula for success is “broken”, maintains Achor, a coach to many Fortune 500 companies.

Following one of the largest academic studies of its kind on happiness and human potential, Achor found that success comes most naturally to those individuals who consciously build a platform of personal happiness and as a springboard to success.

Achor, who will be lecturing in Australia in February, took some time to shares his ideas with Good Living.

In your book you claim a positive mind is a prerequisite to success and yet there are many examples of leaders whose success was driven more by pragmatism (even brutal bullying) than being cheery. Can you conclusively say that being positive leads to success?

We all know people who are brilliant, but not happy. And we know people who are successful, and not happy. So you can be smart and successful without being happy. We now know, based on a decade of research in positive psychology, that both of those individuals are underperforming their brain’s potential. They are less intelligent and successful than they would have been if their brain was positive because of something in positive psychology called “the happiness advantage”: nearly every business and educational outcome improves when our brains are positive. Our intelligence, creativity, productivity, and energy on tasks all improve when positive. The problem is we see unhappy people who are successful and think happiness is not important to success…

…read more HERE