Chicken or the Egg - What comes First?
Does is matter which comes first? Are we chasing our tail looking for happiness? There is a new formula!
Chicken or the egg - What come First?
THAT IS THE PROVERBIAL QUESTION.
On my quest for more HAPPY, I discovered a man who has become a mentor on my joyful journey, Shawn Achor. The first time I listened to Shawn Achor was on TED TALKS, when he presented 'The Happy Secret to Better Work.' (with over 1 million views)
Shawn Achor is an American happiness researcher, author and speaker known for his advocacy of positive psychology. He authored The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness, both books I have read and recommend as excellent resources for living a happier life in work and play.
Conventional wisdom holds that:
- if we work hard we will be more successful
- if we are more successful we’ll be happy
- If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow.
but recent discoveries...
in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward. There is a new formula!
Happiness fuels success, not the other way around.
Let's STOP chasing our TAIL or figuring out which came first the chicken or the egg!
If we are always chasing happy, it only gets further away as life happens and obstacles or challenges show up in front of it. When we start out from a place of happy it stands to reason that we will follow our passion and by doing what we love, what makes us want to get up everyday and share with the world; we are more productive, more successful, and that leads to even MORE HAPPY!
Here is Shawn Achor presenting The Happy Secret to Better Work. You will be smiling and that also releases happy endorphins from the brain.
Want more info on the Happiness Journey, check these links out: