“Investing in happiness pays great dividends.”
All of our lives, we are told that achieving milestones, meeting goals, and generally being successful in work and life will lead to happiness, but it turns out that the opposite is true: happiness leads to success.
Over ten years of research on positive psychology and neuroscience has demonstrated that happiness improves business outcomes, including “raising sales by 37%, productivity by 31%, and accuracy on tasks by 19%”. This research was conducted by Harvard-trained Shawn Achor, an educator, speaker, author of New York Times best-selling books, founder of GoodThink, Inc., and advocate of positive psychology. Achor also gave one of the all-time most popular TED talks.
In his The Happiness Dividend article on the Harvard Business Review Blog Network, Achor discusses his research methods, and the results of a particular study conducted at KPMG. He concludes that happiness fuels success, and provides several discrete and actionable suggestions for adopting habits useful both at work and at home to increase long-term happiness.
Some of Shawn’s recommendations include:
- Write down three new things you are grateful for each day;
- Write for 2 minutes a day describing one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours;
- Exercise for 10 minutes a day;
- Meditate for 2 minutes, focusing on your breath going in and out;
- Write one, quick email first thing in the morning thanking or praising a member on your team.
Companies can and should make organizational and cultural changes to improve employees’ happiness. Meritas can guide that change. Meritas Partners will help your organization cultivate conditions for optimal employee creativity and contribution, and teach your executives and high-level managers how to create personal worth and positive leadership.