Saturday, September 22, 2012

Being happy matters

Saturdays are good days to reflect.

I spent some time reading today. Here's an interesting point I found to reflect on:

In the book, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, the author makes the following point:

We become more successful when we are happier and more positive. For example, doctors put in a positive mood before making a diagnosis show almost three times more intelligence and creativity than doctors in a neutral state, and they make accurate diagnoses 19 percent faster. Optimistic salespeople outsell their pessimistic counterparts by 56 percent. Students primed to feel happy before taking math achievement tests far outperform their neutral peers. It turns out that our brains are literally hardwired to perform at their best not when they are negative or even neutral, but when they are positive.

Being happy is a good thing. In a world where it's easy to get sidetracked and negative and down, being happy can make a difference.So, let's agree that today (and maybe tomorrow and maybe the day after that) we will try and be happy!

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