Today I would like to start a new habit. My intend is to expose myself to one inspirational TEDTalk video daily and share this with you.
For those of you who are not familiar with TEDTalks yet, it is a digital on-demand video archive of the best talks and performances from the international TED Conferences staged all around the world. TED stages events that bring people together with the mission to share and spread innovative, non-conforming and convention-breaking ideas across the globe.
A daily dose of boundary defying thoughts and ideas hopefully leads to a cause set in motion. The idea is to regularly be exposed to “outside the box” thinking that stimulates inspiration and will hopefully motivate decisions and actions that have a positive impact on how we live our lives, as well as provide food for thought on how we can contribute to and share our blessings with people around us and society as a whole.
In the following video, we can see Shawn Achor. He has dedicated his life to research and lectures on happiness, human potential and how to create positive transformations that ripple into more successful cultures. Shawn highlights that we need to focus on studying positive outliers – people who are well above average in certain areas of life – to learn how to move the entire average up. Shawn also speaks about how in our contemporary meritocratic society we have created and deeply embedded a success & happiness formula that is scientifically broken.
Flawed success & happiness formula:
1. If I work harder, I will be more successful!
2. And if I am more successful, then I will be happier!
“…what we have done is that we have pushed happiness over the cognitive horizon as a society, and that is because we think we have to be successful and then we will be happier.”
This doesn’t work, because:
“Every time your brain has a success, you just change the goal post of what success looks like.” (…you got good grades, you want even better grades, you got a good job, now you got to get an even better job, etc…)
“If happiness is on the opposite side of success, your brain never gets there!”
“The problem is our brains work in the opposite order!”
If you can raise someones happiness level at the present moment, his intelligence, creativity and energy levels rise and the ability to perform and achieve outcomes increases significantly.
I suggest to pay attention to the few simple daily activities Shawn recommends that can create significant lasting positive change in your life 🙂