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  • Having a positive outlook will give you the “happiness advantage” as you pursue success.
  • The pay to this advantage isn’t crazy complicated.
  • This perspective turnaround can happen in 21 days.
One of our recent team meeting topics was something we’re all familiar with: Training!

It was a little different, though, because we were focused on brain training, specifically: Training Your Brain to Be Positive!

Our topic was inspired by Shawn Achor‘s Ted Talk “The Happy Secret to Better Work.”

Why is it important to train your brain to be positive?

According to Shawn’s research, when reflecting on something that’s happened to us, what actually happened doesn’t shape us as much as our thoughts or feelings about that event.

Shawn says, “90 percent of your long-term happiness is predicted not by the external world, but by the way your brain processes the world.”

People tend to think that as long as you continue to work harder and longer, you’ll accomplish more and therefore be happier.

Unfortunately, your brain works against you here and simply starts looking for the next goal once you achieve the original one. So if you place your happiness and fulfillment on the other side of some success, you’ll never actually get there!

Positive brain training can help to increase your happiness right now, which in turns boosts your performance in some unexpected ways:

“If you can raise somebody’s level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage, which is your brain at positive performs significantly better than at negative, neutral or stressed… we’ve found that every single business outcome improves.”

Ready to start your brain positivity training?

Here are Shawn’s simple tips…

5 Tips to Boost Positivity

Here are five simple ways to boost your positivity, add some more happiness to your life, and increase your performance:

  • Take 2 minutes to write down 3 positive things in your life. If you do this daily for 21 days, you’ll rewire your brain for more positivity!
  • Write down your thoughts by journaling.
  • Exercise daily (Hopefully, you already have this covered! If not… ).
  • Start practicing meditation.
  • Add some random acts of kindness to your day!

How are you going to start training your brain to be positive?

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