The Happy Gene:
Happiness Can be a Prelude toward Success
Anybody here enjoy people watching? I sure do 🙂 To see how people act, react, behave, and treat others so interesting! I know there are plenty of people who chalk this up to fluff. However, as a practitioner and social scientist, I also know there is far more power in all of this… than what many people might ever guess.
When it comes right down to it, it can become the deciding factor. A colleague of mine just let me know, as early as last week, that one of their sub-contractors was pulled from a major contract because…. of his attitude.
But back to positivity. The great thing is that just like negativity, positivity can be strengthened. Our brains are wired so wonderfully. It’s like a snowball effect – positivity actually expands possibilities we process. In essence, it broadens our abilities; we’re actually primed to possess a wider array of actionable factors, such as innovation, creativity, and productivity.
The neuroanatomy of leadership involves a wide array of pathways – pathways that we’re already primed and seasoned for. We just need to act on them! While it’s not uncommon to hear people say that they’ll be happier when they reach a level of success, we actually position ourselves for success when we’re happy … first.
We can position ourselves to act on the scientific advantage we all possess – the ability to train or retrain our minds to capitalize on positivity. Read more by clicking here. Ever notice, out of all of our employees, which ones tend to be most happy? Do you see any correlation between their overarching disposition and individual success? According to Achor, as cited by Bowen (2015), happy people tend to be:
- 31% more productive
- 40% more likely to receive a promotion
- 39% more likely to live to the ripe ole age of 94
Happiness is wonderfully contagious…
….especially if it’s coming from a leader or manager.
PS for any fellow people watchers, what have you noticed as a foundational difference between happy people versus not-so-happy ones?