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.
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.