Food for thought


By Mart 12, 2023 No Comments



Shawn Achor studied happiness at Harvard

 When he tells people this, they say: “Shawn, why do you waste your time studying happiness at Harvard? Seriously, what does a Harvard student possibly have to be unhappy about?”

But the crazy truth is, Harvard kids are as unhappy as anyone else. What’s going on in your life – from health, to money, to relationships, to prestige – predicts only about 10 % of your happiness.

So… If I had a million dollars…I wouldn’t be any happier?

Shawn’s work flips our understanding of happiness inside out.

You don’t get happy by achieving success. You achieve success by getting happy.

Dopamine, which your brain makes when you’re happy, has one important side effect: It makes you smarter. A positive brain is 31 % more productive. It’s better at sales, faster and more accurate at diagnosing problems.

So how can you up your dopamine?

 Take two minutes every day and do one of these things:

  • Write down three new things that you’re grateful for.
  • Journal about one positive experience you’ve had in the last 24 hours.
  • Try meditation, to teach your brain to focus.
  • Use the first e-mail you write every day to praise or thank someone you know. Spread the happy.

And it wouldn’t hurt to disrupt the endless barrage of bad news by sharing this with your friends, right? Everyone needs a little more happiness.


Although short, I hope the information will get you thinking.

That’s it my friends; see you all the next time.

Note: You can watch Shawn’s TED video on

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