Many people think that success leads to happiness, but actually it's the other way around. A decade of research in positive psychology and neuroscience has found that happiness is the precursor of success - not the result itself.
Research within businesses has also proven that happiness and optimism actually fuel performance and achievement, giving companies a competitive edge.
Your mind is a powerful tool and with the right development can be programmed; just like a computer, to think and act more positively.
Every moment of every day we're having thoughts, in fact it's estimated that on average we process between 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts a day.
But what are those thoughts feeding you?
Fruit or poison?
Not only that, what about your boss, your colleagues, the culture of your business?
Is that nurturing positivity or conversely breeding negativity and unhappiness?
The London Evening Standard recently ran an article stating that 80% of Londoners are "Unhappy at work". This statistic was the output of a survey undertaken for "The Best You" magazine and revealed that only 17.6 per cent of men and women in the UK's capital were content at work, with many blaming their unhappiness on bad management and bullying.
The survey also found that 20 per cent of women and 25 per cent of men said that they suffered from depression, with the majority of men declining to seek professional help. A very worrying statement when you consider that suicide is the biggest killer of men under 25 in the UK.
Of course fruitful thoughts plant seeds that help us to blossom, positively effecting not only our psychology but also our physiology.
Happy thoughts boost our endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin.
Shawn Achor (Harvard Business Review 2011) estimated that intelligence and technical skills contribute only 25% of your job success. The other 75% determining long term job success depends on your ability to positively adapt to the world. He found that:
5 Top tips for business leaders to create happy people, happy workplaces and improve results:
“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
Late President of the Bi-Lo Stores
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