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The happiness advantage research linking happiness and success

The Happiness Advantage:Research Linking Happiness and Success

Maritz Travel Company

April 16, 2014

Shawn Achor

Good Think Inc.




Ripple effects and mirror neurons
Ripple Effects and Mirror Neurons

Positive individual changes ripple to culture change




The greatest predictors of success

Optimism, The Belief That Your Behavior Matters

Strong Social Connection

Perceive Stress as a Challenge

The Greatest Predictors of Success


The happiness advantage
The Happiness Advantage

  • 37% greater sales

  • 3x more creative

  • 31% more productive

  • 40% more likely to receive a promotion

  • 23% fewer fatigue symptoms

  • Up to 10x more engaged

  • 39% more likely to live to age 94

    (Achor, HBR, 2012)



Creating sustainable positive change
Creating Sustainable Positive Change

  • 3 Gratitudes(Emmons & McCullough, 2003)

  • The Doubler(Slatcher & Pennebaker, 2006)

  • The Fun Fifteen (Babyak et al., 2000)

  • Meditation(Shapiro & Schwartz, 2005)

  • Conscious Act of Kindness(Achor, 2010)


Experiment commit to your habit
Experiment: Commit To Your Habit

  • Email:

  • 1 = Gratitudes

  • 2 = Doubler

  • 3 = Fun Fifteen

  • 4 = Meditation

  • 5 = Email

  • [email protected]


  • The 20 second rule
    The 20 Second Rule

    • Long emails and guitars

    • Activation Energy

    • Flow

      (Csikszentmihalyi, 1990)


    Happinessadvantage com

    For more information and links to research:

    HappinessAdvantage.com

    Next steps:

    Do your Habit

    Read The Happiness Advantage

    Share the TED talk


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