03 Mar Happiness
I’m speaking at The University of Iowa’s Marketing Institute’s Conference tomorrow.
The topic for all the speakers?
My focus is on personal happiness.
A few of the other speakers will focus on employee happiness and customer happiness.
I’m loving the subject and I’ve kind of jumped into it cannonball style!
I’ll be posting more on this in the days to come but for right now, I simply want to throw two books out that have been HUGE references for me on this subject. (And they’ve been blowing my mind a bit too!)
One is Shawn Achor’s new book called THE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE.
Shawn’s taught the Happiness Course at Harvard for the past decade and is well steeped in the freakishly cool and relatively new movement called “Positive Psychology.” (Notice it’s “Positive Psychology” NOT “POP Psychology.” There’s a big difference!)
If you lead people… or need to motivate people in any way… this book will make your brain explode! It’s packed with incredible research and dangerous wisdom on how to engage and encourage people today.
The thing that I love about both books and my emerging talk for tomorrow is that we’re talking about how “happiness is at the core of improved performance!”
Now… to clarify… we’re not talking about strapping on a fake smile and covering up with rose-colored glasses. We’re talking about choosing happiness and intentionally cultivating happiness… and that… hard core research is proving… wildly impacts performance as well as satisfaction and fulfillment!
Okay, there’s a lot more to come on this subject, but I need to get back to wrapping up my talk.
But I do have a question for you. It’s simple but important.
What’s something that makes you happy?
Seriously… fill in the blank: “Something that makes me happy is ________________.”
Think about it today.
Leave a comment.
And to be honest… I hope you can think of more than one thing to go in the blank!
In the meantime, keep dreaming BIG,