Here's a fact - Our brain, at POSITIVE 😀 , performs significantly better than at negative 😪, neutral 😑 or stressed 😥.
As Shawn Achor points out in his famous TED talk, our current approach to work is scientifically backwards!
Think about it - When we’re feeling positive and have an abundance of energy, we can MEET ANY MOMENT. Now contrast that with when we’re doubting ourselves or feeling low. Isn't there a huge difference?
How many folks subscribe to this mindset? - “If I work harder, I’ll be more successful. If I’m more successful, I’ll be happier.”
The problem is that every time success occurs, it’s short lived and then the goal post changes again to push success farther. If happiness is on the other side of success, our brain never really gets there!
Instead, the KEY is to cultivate positivity in the PRESENT to experience the ‘happiness advantage’ and make that your default mode of operation.
Here's why. When we become positive in the present, dopamine floods into our system, which 1) makes us happier and 2) turns on all the learning centers of our brain which increases your chances for success no matter what obstacle you're facing!
How do we become positive in the present?
Here are some helpful activities you can try:
Physical Exercise (naturally balances our hormones, promotes overall health)
Read or listen to something inspirational
Gratitude practice - Write down 1 thing you’re grateful for everyday
Journal about your day - what went well, what didn't
Meditate for greater self-awareness of thoughts and emotions
Prayer for self and others
Acts of kindness towards self and others
Pick 1 thing and start applying it TODAY to create and live from a more positive present. What will you committ to trying?
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