This time of year is extra special for our family as it’s the anniversary of our wedding and an annual time to unplug. May you enjoy love and relaxation today too! @MichelleGielan
"In these sometimes dark and complicated times, we need to shine brighter together."⠀ #bigpotential #wednesdaywisdom #positivepsychology
"Go on vacation: if you take all your vacation days and plan ahead your trips, you will increase happiness, success rate, and likelihood of promotion, and you'll lower your stress level to boot." ⠀ #happinessadvantage #wednesdaywisdom #happinessspreads #happinessisachoice #scienceofhappiness #positivepsychology #change #choice
Team Good Think sends our wishes for a wonderful Father’s Day to all father figures. <3
"To sustain change, we must reward and reinforce people's efforts to create change."⠀ #bigpotential #wednesdaywisdom #positivepsychology #positivepsychology #happinessspreads #happinessisachoice #beforehappiness #scienceofhappiness #change
In our work we often say "common sense is not common action." ...This means that we know it's hard to implement "simple" #happinesshabits. So we love reading your stories of how you do it and what's working for you in your daily life--this is why we created the Happiness Archive. ⠀ ⠀ For your consideration: block time on your calendar this week to write about your personal journey with the idea that happiness is a choice, happiness is an advantage, and happiness spreads. ⠀ ⠀ Then, consider sharing your story with us. Go to my website or use the link in bio ( @Shawnachor) to submit your story. We read each and every submission and then choose some to share on social media (with your permission) because research is useless unless it's lived.
"So instead of putting a wall around a failure as if its radioactive companies should be having failure parties."⠀ #happinessadvantage #pospsych #positivepsychology #impact #change #clearmind #stressfreelife #happinessisachoice #wednesdaywisdom
From the #happinessarchive ,⠀ "Hi Shawn! My name is David and I would like to share my story. First, a little bit about my background. I am 31 am currently serving on active duty in the Army and have been for the last thirteen years. I have a wonderful 7 year old son and a beautiful wife that I have been married to for ten years. Back in 2011-2012 I was on my third combat deployment, deployed to Wardak Province in Afghanistan with 3rd Brigade 1st Armor division. I had be selected to fill a unique position as the company intelligence support team NCOIC (CoIST). The 9th and final month of my deployment we had received reports of a possible enemy weapons cache. Upon returning from the house in question, we received Intel that we were being followed by a squad size element of Taliban fighters. The ground commander decided to turn around to engage. Shortly after we turned around we ran into an L shaped ambush with machine guns on a hill and small arms from a nearby orchard. Shortly after taking contact I was shot by one the machine guns on the hill in my bicep shattering my humorous bone. Fast forward 8 years and I still struggle with PTSD, anxiety and depression. I heard a Podcast interview with you on 10% happier and with a week of putting your techniques into practice has helped me improve my happiness more than all the self-help, therapy and pills combined. In conclusion, I would like to my gratitude with and say thank you for the work you have done and the positive impact it has made on mine and my families life!"⠀ - David Johnston⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #happinessadvantage #happinessisachoice #happinesspreads
"We need to find effective, scalable solutions to create a positive, engaged workforce."⠀ #happinessadvantage #wednesdaywisdom #happinessspreads #happinessisachoice #scienceofhappiness #positivepsychology #change #choice #reward
From the #happinessarchive ,⠀ "I was a little late to the game in reading The Happiness Advantage last year. It was a gift to my husband from his partners . I snagged it and could not put it down. Although I was not a thinking. My parents were Zig Ziggler fans and my father will likely answer the question "How are you?" with "Fantastic!" every. single. time. This book has changed how I view everything at work and in my personal life. I cannot believe that I can have such a shift in thought at the age of 42, but here I am. Thank you so very much for your work." ⠀ - Rebecca McConnell⠀ ⠀ What daily choices do you make toward your own happiness? Share YOUR story in the Happiness Archive. (Link in bio)⠀ ⠀ #happinessadvantage #happinessisachoice #happinesspreads
"Once we learn to coordinate and collaborate with those around us, we all shine brighter."⠀ #bigpotential #scienceofhappiness #wednesdaywisdom #positivepsychology #stressfreelife #Happiness #happinessspreads #happinessisachoice #pospsych
From the #happinessarchive ,⠀ "Shawn,⠀ So I came across Shawn's TED talk whenever it first was showing on YouTube. At the time I found it hugely influential and an unbelievably positive & funny talk. It stayed with me for a while, but then when I went through the collapse of a lifelong business, a divorce, a messy one at that, and five or six years of recovery in what is known in Europe and probably around the world as the lost decade, I am really only now realising the impact of happiness and how easy it is to attain for us all, yet seems elusive for most. The past 10 years of my life have been incredibly difficult. Harbouring baggage from a failed business and a failed marriage hasn't been very easy while trying to maintain a optimistic view for my son and bringing my own career forward has been a challenge. Bosch I keep on keepin on. Shawns messages and talks and interviews have been a steady and constant source of positive impact on my life. They won't fix everything but allow them in and they will make a difference. My son is amazing, my career is back on track and negativity and people who want to drag me down are firmly out of my life now. Peace x" ⠀ ⠀ - Name Withheld ⠀ ⠀ What daily choices do you make toward your own happiness? Share YOUR story in the Happiness Archive. (Link in Bio)⠀ ⠀ #happinessadvantage #happinessisachoice #happinesspreads
"It turns out that our brains are literally hardwired to preform at their best when they are positive."⠀ #beforehappiness #scienceofhappiness #happinessspreads #positivepsychology #wednesdaywisdom #stressfreelife #happinessadvantage #pospsych #dosomethinggood
From the #happinessarchive ⠀ "So I came across Shawn's TED talk whenever it first was showing on YouTube. At the time I found it hugely influential and an unbelievably positive & funny talk. It stayed with me for a while, but then when I went through the collapse of a lifelong business, a divorce, a messy one at that, and five or six years of recovery in what is known in Europe and probably around the world as the lost decade, I am really only now realizing the impact of happiness and how easy it is to attain for us all, yet seems elusive for most. The past 10 years of my life have been incredibly difficult. Harbouring baggage from a failed business and a failed marriage hasn't been very easy while trying to maintain a optimistic view for my son and bringing my own career forward has been a challenge. Bosch I keep on keepin on. Shawns messages and talks and interviews have been a steady and constant source of positive impact on my life. They won't fix everything but allow them in and they will make a difference. My son is amazing, my career is back on track and negativity and people who want to drag me down are firmly out of my life now. Peace x⠀ ⠀ - Name withheld" ⠀ ⠀ What daily choices do you make toward your own happiness? Share YOUR story in the Happiness Archive: https://buff.ly/2KmPMKv ⠀ ⠀ #happinessadvantage #happinessisachoice #happinesspreads
Sending our best wishes to all kinds of moms, today and always. <3
A special #happinessarchive update from an earlier adopter of The Happiness Advantage principles:⠀ ⠀ Folks,⠀ ⠀ I wanted to update you all on something I shared a few years ago as we were launching our YMCA Achievement Center in a local middle school. We are in year 3 of the Achievement Center and have been seeing remarkable results with the students we work with! The district even asked us to expand the work into Elementary schools. We have support of the Assistant Superintendent and are pursuing a grant to expand into a neighboring school district and a video we produced. All good stuff!⠀ ⠀ Excerpt from Superintendent's letter:⠀ There has been a 38% decrease in suspension rates at HMS from 2015-16 school year to the 2017-18 school year. ... ⠀ In analyzing the data, the average of the 7th grade students in the Y Achievement Center program increased their final grade in Math from the 2016-17 school year from a C to a B in the 2017-18 school year. The students who were in the program in the 8th grade in 2016-1 7 increase their core classes (ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science) grades from Cs to Bs in 2017-18. The overall achievement level in the English Language state assessment score increased from 49% proficient in 2016-17 to 53% proficient in 2017-18 with females showing the highest percent increase on the standardized test from 45% proficient in 2016-17 to 53% proficient in 2017-18 for those participating in the Y program. The group's percentage increase was better than the control group of the rest of the population since the achievement level percentage of proficiency did not change from the 2016-17 school year to the 2017-18 school year. ⠀ Qualitative data collected by Rivier University, indicate that on average, students participating in the program have experienced a boost in their self-esteem, happiness, and grit. Results from paired-sample t-tests indicate that the increases in self-esteem (t = -3.17,p<.01), happiness (t = -4.37,p<.001), and grit (t = -3.72,p<.0l) met statistical significance.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ What's your story? Share it with us in the Happiness Archive (link in bio @shawnachor).
"Big potential isn't about trying to go faster alone. It’s about working to become better together."⠀ #bigpotential #wednesdaywisdom #positivepsychology #positivepsychology #happinessspreads #happinessisachoice #beforehappiness #scienceofhappiness #change
Are you happy at work? What can you do -TODAY- to change that if you're not? #happinessisachoice #happinessisanadvantage #happinessspreads ⠀ -⠀ #happinessadvantage #beforehappiness #bigpotential #workhappy #happywork #scienceofhappiness #happinesshabits #fun15 #meditation #gratitude #writeathankyouletter #sharehappiness
From the #HappinessArchive, a leader who gets it:⠀ ⠀ I have read your book happiness advantage, and just saw you speak at NAHC. I was moved by your new book and just started reading it. I knew I was going to like it, but honestly I never thought it would speak to me in the way it has. Just reading the first two chapters I find myself relating to everything you are saying.⠀ ⠀ In my professional life, I am a sales leader at a fast growing tech company based in Chicago. I am one of the biggest fans of the idea of positivity and how as humans if we work together we can achieve anything. (I am so incredibly passionate about this mindset I actually created a blog site to further reach people so I could share my finding son the topic and connect with others to learn from them. My blog site: buff.ly/2Qa4hnj.⠀ ⠀ As a leader, I make it very clear that no one individual including myself can outshine the team as a whole. And every day I remind them that if the team wins you win and if the team loses you lose. With this mindset in place I believe that the reps will put ego aside and know that they need each other to be successful. Furthermore, instead of focusing on our sales target for the month I focus on a goal for the team that everyone can achieve. The goal is something that everyone can buy into, and if we accomplish the goal it will set us up for success. And the best part is that not everyone on the team will be successful every month when it comes to hitting quota, so instead of creating this culture of hyper competitive fight to be number 1. I put all my emphasis on a goal ( for example, as a team instead of focusing on our quota lets focus on a metric like demos held for the month that if we hit it we will be in position to hit our team quota and it is something that everyone regardless of skill/tenure can control and be responsible for. This allows teamwork around a metric that can be obtained and also creates an environment where we reps can learn from each other and feel like they are all in this together bc they can control the outcome with hard work.⠀ ⠀ #happinessadvantage #happiness #yes #thenow #positivity #read #enjoylife #book #technology
From the #happinessarchive:⠀ "I just saw your talk at the Fiserv conference and I had to find a place to sit down and write to you as soon as it was over. Your research resonates with me so strongly. This is a hard, but ultimately good story.⠀ ⠀ In January 2016 I was 20 weeks pregnant with my second child. Our ultrasound at our local healthcare center showed a severe birth defect. We drove home that afternoon while my oldest was still at daycare and sat on our bed, terrified. I didn’t want to burden my wife with my fears - I knew she had her own as well. And I could tell she was holding back also, hurting but wanting to be strong for me since I was the one carrying the baby. After a good hour of this painful quiet, this instinct came over me that I will never forget. I looked at my wife and said, stop biting your tongue. There is only one way we are going to survive this, and it’s if we do it together. I can’t protect you from how much this is going to hurt, and you can’t protect me. There’s no fear you have that my brain can’t or won’t come up with also. If we’re going to do this, we have to be 100% honest with each other.⠀ ⠀ The next year and a half was so hard. 19 weeks pregnant with a baby I knew was in crisis. Six weeks living at Boston Children’s Hospital with my son who had reconstructive surgery on day four of life. Every life support apparatus you can think of, a dislodged breathing tube that caused him to stop breathing and lose his pulse for a moment. 9 month’s of oxygen support. All of that is intense and traumatic and makes me feel guilty even sharing it with you because I don’t want to spread sadness.⠀ ⠀ But here’s the part that has made me feel crazy. I’m happier, calmer, a better spouse and better at my job for all of it. I don’t feel right or like a good mother to say that I’m grateful that my son and our family had to go through this..."⠀ Read the rest in the link in the bio⠀ #happinessadvantage #goodthink #rippleeffect
"Happiness leads to success in nearly every domain, including work, health, friendship, sociability, creativity and energy ." #wednesdaywisdom #positivepsychology #bigpotential #beforehappiness #happinessadvantage #scienceofhappiness
From the #happinessarchive⠀ ⠀ "Dear Mr. Achor,⠀ ⠀ I wanted to thank you for the talk you gave at the Fiserv Credit Union Experience conference [recently]. I plan on using some of your techniques in both my professional and personal life to better myself, my staff, and my young family. One of the major things I took away from your talk was taking a stressful situation and trying to make it a more positive situation while viewing it as a challenge. This hit home for me because I know it works; at a young age I took many years of martial arts training, contrary to what most people believe it is more about learning how to not fight than to fight, but when the time comes that you have to fight you have the ability to defend yourself or the people around you. Being confronted with physical harm is a very stressful situation causing the fight or flight response, most people choose flight and those that choose to fight will get too nervous to perform well. What was drilled into us was to smile at the point of confrontation and this tricks your brain (very scientific I know) into perceiving the threat as a challenge and allows you to perform better, to either de-escalate the situation or to fight if needed. I never made the link between this and other points of stress in my life but the light bulb has been lit. I believe this has taken longer than 2 minutes to write but thank you for your talk. I know my wife and I will enjoy reading your books and how to use the techniques for not only ourselves but also to hopefully help our 5 and 2 year olds perform better and live a happier life.⠀ ⠀ Thank you,⠀ ⠀ Gary Adkins"⠀ ⠀ #happinessadvantage #family #work #future #positivity
Big Potential, like genius, creativity, and inspiration, is not something you have: it is something you tap into. ⠀ #bigpotential #Happinessadvantage #wednesdaywisdom #bettertogether #happinessisachoice #happinessisanadvantage #happinessspreads #goodthink #teamwork
Remember: Happiness is a Choice. Happiness is an Advantage. Happiness Spreads. ⠀ Happy New Year! ⠀ Wishing you much #happiness in 2019 and beyond.
From the #Happinessarchive⠀ Hi Shawn,⠀ ⠀ My name is Kelli Davis, and I work for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America.⠀ ⠀ I recently gave this 12 minute talk at UCLA about breaking the rules to create miracles. [sorry, cut and paste the link! https://buff.ly/2TyhpRu] I love talking about the miracles I’ve witnessed and how these kids are my miracle. I’m so grateful for the inspiration and miracles you create in this world, especially through your amazing books, and I hope you find inspiration from my message.⠀ ⠀ Thanks for your time and have a great weekend!⠀ ⠀ Kelli Davis⠀ Share your story too (link in bio @shawnachor)⠀ #happinessadvantage #bigpotential #ChildrensMiracleNetworks #inspireothers #happinessisachoice #happinessisanadvantage #happinessspreads #beforehappiness #goodthink #miracles #miraclekids
"If your comment doesn't spur your positive action, it is a waste of cognitive energy and is therefore a complaint." #wednesdaywisdom #positivepsychology #bigpotential #beforehappiness #happinessadvantage #scienceofhappiness #happinessisachoice #happinessspreads #happienssisanadvantage #goodthink
From everyone at at GoodThink, we wish you a most wonderful holiday, whenever and however you choose to celebrate all the good in your life.
From the #happinessarchive:⠀ My name is Wisam, I am 22 years old and I am from Venezuela. I have been living in Vancouver for the past two years, where I have been able, with the support of my family from back home, friends and my social circle, to Study Communications Studies at Capilano University and work as a soccer coach with kids between 3 to 15 years old and also as a Residential Advisor at the campus of with the same University.⠀ ⠀ I had to escape my country and come to Canada due to the risk of my life under the very difficult social and political situation Venezuela is suffering. Since then, I have not only focused on making my own path here, but to also include others in the ride, hopefully leaving a good impact as well on their lives.⠀ ⠀ Through my soccer coach work, I get to teach and lead kids values and principles, utilizing soccer as the main vehicle. Similarly, as a Residential Advisor (which is a position of leadership assigned to some students in order to help, assist, support and accompany other students in their staying at the Residence) I have had the chance to provide value and impact positively a lot of young students throughout this period of their lives.⠀ ⠀ I recently read Big Potential, and I believe the book changed, not my life, but the lens through which I see it, as Shawn has mentioned before. Both of my jobs and also my personal life upgraded to a different level as soon as I understood the power we are ABLE to reach with our body, minds and, others...⠀ ⠀ Helping others has always been my greatest passions, and after reading this book I feel amazed on how much I can help other people through many of the things Shawn mentions. Many ideas and projects have come to my mind, and I am already working in them to make them happen.⠀ ⠀ As a young student, I understand that one must start small and eventually things will get their right size, but I also read that if a dream is not scary enough, then probably it is not that big of a dream..."⠀ ⠀ #happinessadvantage #bigpotential #bettertogether #goodthink #rippleeffect #smile #powerofsmile #smiling #happinessisachoice
It's better to be a good player on a good team, rather than the star player on a forgettable team. #bigpotential #happinessadvantage #happinessisachoice #teamplayer #bettertogether #goodthink #worktogether #noiinteam