There is compelling evidence that when we are happier and positive we are more successful. Shaun Acker calls this the “happiness advantage” and highlights a review of 225 academic studies, by researchers Sonja Lyubomirsky, Laura King, and Ed Diener that found causality between life satisfaction and successful business outcomes.
Put another away if you want a successful 2019 put your effort into becoming happier and more optimistic. Here’s four scientifically evidenced, easy ways to build your “happiness advantage” to consider before your business challenges:
1. Smile without a reason
Dr. Murray Grossan, an ENT-otolaryngologist explains “the physical act of smiling can make a difference in building your immunity … When you smile, the brain… sassumes that humour is happening.” His conclusion is consistent with a University of Cardiff study that revealed people who could not frown due to botox injections were happier than those who could frown.
2. Say thank you
Robert A. Emmons author of Thanks! found groups expressing gratitude experienced more positive emotions and were more satisfied with their lives. Gratitude blocks toxic emotions, such as envy, resentment, regret and depression as Emmons explains “It’s impossible to feel envious and grateful at the same time.”
3. Walk or run (ideally in the countryside)
Walking and running releases dopamine – a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s necessary for feelings of pleasure. Running or walking in countryside may increase these benefits. Research by Robert Ulrich at the Stockholm, Uppsala University revealed that looking at views dominated by trees or water can reduce anxiety or pain and induce relaxation.
4. Help a colleague
Experiments show altruism is pleasurable. As Jenny Santi (a philanthropy advisor) explains “With MRI technology, we now know that giving activates the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by food and sex.”
Happify is a business dedicated to activities that disrupt patterns of negative thinking. Here’s their infographic on the science of happiness: