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Psychologists have identified 3 pathways to happiness: pleasure, engagement (commitment), and meaning.
Research shows engaged people are good for organizations. They are more creative, produce better results and motivate others. They are willing to go the extra mile.
Happiness is good for organizations and business!
Kate Michaels in Choice Magazine–vol 11, #4 -2014– quoting the Harvard Business Review.
Living in a world of possibility begins when you transcend thoughts and actions that reflect survival, scarcity, comparison, competition (another form of scarcity), attachment and anxiety. By beginning to extend beyond the world of measurement, comparison, assessment and survival, you gain a new awareness and you have begun to step into a universe of possibility.
from Rosamond Stone Zander in The Art of Possibility
You can’t begin the next chapter of your life if you continue to read the old one…
“The belief in self-improvement is a prophesy just as self-fulfilling as the old belief that character could not be changed…people who don’t believe change is possible will indeed remain incapable of change. A culture believing in self-improvement will support health-clubs, AA, and psychotherapy. A culture believing that bad action stems from bad character and is permanent won’t even try…What is remarkable is that much of this self-improving ideology is not clap-trap…The self-improving self actually improves itself. You can indeed lose weight, lower your cholesterol, be physically stronger and more attractive, less compulsively time-urgent and reflexively hostile, less pessimistic.”
Learned Optimism, Martin Seligman.
“A politician thinks of the next election, a statesman of the next generation.”
Montreal Gazette 1-12-11
David Kessler was on a mission to understand a problem that has vexed him since childhood: why he couldn’t resist certain foods.
His resulting theory, described in his new book, “The End of Overeating,” is startling. Foods high in fat, salt and sugar alter the brain’s chemistry in ways that compel people to overeat. “Much of the scientific research around overeating has been physiology — what’s going on in our body,” he said. “The real question is what’s going on in our brain.”
Engraved on the wall of Gandhi’s memorial in India…
1) Wealth without works
2 Pleasure without conscience
3) Knowledge without character
4) Commerce without morality
5) Science without humanity
6) Worship without sacrifice
7) Politics without principle
“Where would you be, what would you have, and how would you think differently if you didn’t let any negative thoughts rent space in your head?”
To change this situation, you first have to acknowledge it. More than simply having positive affirmations, you have to turn them into beliefs and then take action on those beliefs. How? Pay attention to the thoughts you let stream through your head. Are the majority of your thoughts positive or do you let negative thoughts continually stream through your mind? Consciously transition negative thoughts to positive beliefs. When negative things happen to us, we have a tendency to not let them go. We create a story, and if we aren’t careful, it will validate that we are no good. That’s a pattern we can break… Gary Coxe, referring to Positive Psychology in Success Magazine, December 2010.
Want to know more about Positive Psychology and the amazing results attributed to it? Then read:
Positivity, by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D.
276 pp. Three River Press, 2009
This terrific book describes how to tap into your own sources of positivity and suggests many tools to create a more vibrant life through a process the author calls “the upward spiral.It is one of the best books I have read on the field of Positive Psychology and strongly recommend it.
The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor.
Crown Business, 2010.
A revolutionary new finding! Recent positive psychology studies show that happiness fuels success and not the other way around.
When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, energetic, creative and productive. What are you doing to create happiness in your life?
Do you want to know what your main character strengths and talents are? Check out the VIA Classification of Character Strengths at http://www.viacharacter.org/ for a free assessment.
The VIA Institute on Character provides free VIA Surveys (strengths assessment) and other measures designed to help all people live their best lives.