Benefits of Positive Psychology – The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Achor


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Positive psychology is focused on three basic areas of study and practice:

  • Positive emotions, consisting of contentment with the past, current happiness, hope for the future.
  • Positive traits, such as courage, resilience, curiosity, self-knowledge, integrity, compassion, and creativity.
  • Positive institutions, such as community institutions, which can benefit from focusing on the tools developed in positive psychology research.

Positive Psychology: The Evidence on Happiness

Here are some research results that contribute to the field of positive psychology:

  • Activities bring more happiness than possessions. A survey of 150 young adults showed that when asked to rate the happiness value of purchases they hoped would be pleasurable, experience-type purchases, such as trips or meals, outranked objects.
  • Being wealthy does not make you more likely to be happy than other people, as long as everyone’s income is above the poverty level.
  • Grateful people are more likely to be healthy, helpful…

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2 comments on “Benefits of Positive Psychology – The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Achor

  1. animar64 says:

    I use positive reinforcement in my dog’s training- no yelling, no shaming, no scolding or scaring him to get his attention. It’s amazing. When my dog ( Hamish ) is faced with a new lesson or is faced with anything new, he approaches it with enthusiasm and confidence.

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if humans could do this all of the time for themselves and their young?

  2. Lauren says:

    I am nominating you for the Black Cat, Blue Sea Award because you and your blog deserve it.

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