The Happiness Collective August 19th, 2020

Happiness: Reversing The Formula For Happiness and Success

Happiness begins in the present, even at work. With deliberate practice, an amazing ripple effect can be created from any point of origin, which can shift our future mindsets and behaviors, and that of others. If we can harness this positivity, Zappos (and the world) could be an even more compassionate and caring place.

In the field of positive psychology, Shawn Anchor, psychologist and CEO of Good Think Inc., has intensely studied the reasons why unhappy people do not perform well and don’t meet expectations. What he’s discovered is that it mostly comes from how our brains scan the world - for these folks, it’s typically from a negative perspective, before a positive one. The good news is that it’s not all doom and gloom for any of us that fall into this bucket, even if we’re feeling it just a little bit. We CAN reverse the formula that can help us find positivity in the present, which will then enable our brains to work more successfully as we're able to work harder, faster and more intelligently.

In addition to some funny stories related to his own dealings in positive psychology, Shawn encourages anyone to be a better and happier person by making some small, but very meaningful shifts to our daily routines and patterns, which can positively impact our mindsets at work – the great thing about these tips is that anyone can do them and not only can these habits make a positive impact on our own happiness at work, but can positively impact the lives of others.

Listen to his stories and findings here: Shawn Anchor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

Shawn’s findings uncover that we can reverse the formula for happiness and success, and in doing so, not only create ripples of positivity, but a real revolution in the workplace and our lives. If we deliberately practice, for two-minutes every day for 21 days in a row, we can actually rewire our brains to start retaining a pattern of scanning the world not for the negatives, but for the positive first. The practice? These fives things...

1. Writing down three new things that we are grateful for
2. Journaling about one positive experience we’ve had over the past 24 hours (which allows your brain to relive it)
3. Exercising, which teaches our brains that our behaviors and patterns matter
4. Mediating, which allows our brains to get over the cultural ADHD we've been creating by trying to do multiple tasks at once – it allows our brains to focus on the task at hand
5. Performing “random acts of kindness”, which are conscious acts of kindness, like writing one positive email praising or thanking somebody in our support network

By doing these activities and by training our brain, just like we train our bodies, we can shift our brains to actually work more optimistically and more successfully.

The Objectives

Take some time each and every day, for 21 days in a row, to do one of the five things outlined above during your workday. Feel free to mix it up! It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you do it with intention.

1. Watch the Ted Talk: Shawn Anchor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

2. Take some time every day, during your workday, to do one of the five things outlined above for 21 days in a row

3 Track your daily progress. Each day, for no more than a few minutes, include:
~ the activity you did
~ the time you spent doing it
~ on a scale from 0-100, track a) how you felt before the activity and b) how you felt after the activity
~ any quick reflections you want to note.

Need a template? We got you!

4. At the end of your 21 days:
Write a reflection that summarizes your journey, including any changes you noticed for yourself.

Some Helpful Tips

~ Think of the scale of 0-100 as a personal gas tank, “0” being empty and “100” being completely full
~ Have troubles finding the time? Lock down your calendar. It doesn’t matter when, but plan it, then hold yourself accountable to just do it.
~ Know that creating habits comes with its ups and downs. Missing a day or having an off day or two, happens sometimes, but stick with it and you’ll soon see a difference. No matter how small, progress is progress.
~ Miss a day? It’s a-okay! Just pick it back up the next day.
~ On the struggle bus? Reach out to us: happy@zappos.com

 

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