The Happiness Advantage

Are you happy?

I’m really weird. Ever since I was 6 years old, I have been wanting to improve. I constantly place new challenges, and every time I accomplish these challenges, I set new ones. The cycle repeats itself.

Well, except for my time spent in the kitchen. Despite the fact I have been on my own for a while, I have managed to NOT learn many recipes. It’s not for the lack of trying. My mom has tried teaching me many a times. My grandmother and grandfather have also taken their shot at teaching me. And my mother-in-law has tried, as well. Let’s just say I make some pretty good sandwiches!!! :)

I remember back in high school, I was so focused on getting in college, I may have sacrificed some time with friends and family. My passion to land scholarships in high school, so I could attend college, took over my entire life.

Once I got into college, life was awesome for a while. Freshman and sophomore years were some of the best times with friends. But then reality hit, and I had to start concentrating on landing an awesome job after college. I worked extremely hard through junior and senior year. Sometimes I wish I would have taken it easier.

Now, I relax a bit more. But I still am very goal oriented. I’m already thinking of my next career move. Trying to figure out how to enrich myself.

Sometimes I feel like a hamster running in a standing wheel.

I have been trying to be better at being happy and satisfied with my life. Why???

I listened to TED TALK: Life Hack. Shawn Achor talks about the happiness advantage.

TED (conference)

TED (conference) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Being happy has extremely positive effects on your life. A lot of people think happiness will come after success, but in reality it doesn’t. So we should be happy NOW because it will lead to:

  • Better secure jobs.
  • Better keeping jobs.
  • Superior productivity.
  • More resilient.
  • Less burnout.
  • Less turnover.
  • Greater sales.

I have to remember that I am a happy person. A lot of times I interprete my own dissatisfaction with the status quo with unhappiness, but it’s not. I enjoy improving and finding new ways of thoughts. I just have to remember to relax and enjoy the present.

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13 comments

  • Debt and the Girl

    Happiness is going to mean different things to different people. Its been a struggle for myself and I know that I am always chasing after it but I like to think I am getting warmer.

  • I love TED talks! I do agree that choosing to be happy comes with some distinct advantages in a lot of areas of our lives. I have found that staying positive generally produces better outcomes.

  • You and I have similar problems! I am very goal oriented and as a result I am always moving forward, looking to the future, and planning for what’s next. I have a difficult time enjoying the present and it is pretty stressful since I’m also hard on myself. I agree that happiness is key and I need to work on it! I barely allow myself to appreciate the things I have accomplished because I’m always going on the next thing that needs to be done, and I need to start realizing how far I have come.

  • Definitely relax and enjoy the journey! I didn’t start doing that until too late and I know I wasted precious time worrying about goals when I would have reached them anyhow!

  • I am hard on myself but try to enjoy the moment as well. It is great that you are trying to relax, you can still achieve a great deal without putting so much pressure on yourself.

  • Tie the Money Knot

    I tend to be this way as well, and was like this most of the time when younger. Now, after having kids, I keep it in check and simply make the effort to set goals aside sometimes and purely be entirely happy in the moment. Life moves fast, we have to appreciate what we have!

  • You sound a lot like me. I’m content with myself, but always looking for ways to improve…be better version of myself, be a better friend, daughter, etc. I LOVE me some self help books! :)

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