Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How to be happy and also successful

Interesting article from todays issue of the Phnom Penh Post:

Being happy doesn’t just make you feel good, it can also make you successful, according to a Harvard University lecturer. Shawn Achor, whose book is called "The Happiness Advantage", says that positive thinkers have a biological advantage over people who are neutral or negative. The good news is that being happy is a skill we can all learn, Achor says. Here are some tips from his book on how to retrain your brain to capitalise on positivity and improve your productivity and performance.
Meditate – research shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness, lower stress and even improve immune function.
Find something to look forward to – often the most enjoyable part of an activity is the anticipation. Anticipating future rewards can actually light up the pleasure centres in your brain.
Be kind. Research has found that giving to friends and strangers decreases stress and contributes to mental health.
Put positivity in your surroundings – people who put pictures of their loved ones on their desk ensure a positive hit of emotion. AFP

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