The ancient Greeks defined happiness as “the joy we feel striving toward our potential.”
And joy is a strong feeling that raises the bar toward our potential and growth.
“The greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy is a positive & engaged workforce.”
Harvard Business Review
Research shows that when people work with a positive mindset, productivity, creativity, engagement and overall performance improve.
A positive and engaged brain has an unfair advantage over that same brain at negative or neutral.
When we are positive, we show 31% increase in productivity, 40% increased likelihood to get a promotion, 23% fewer stress-related symptoms, 37% higher sales — the list goes on and on.
Most people share the belief that success precedes happiness. Though because success is in perpetual motion, the derived happiness that results from success is transitory.
In a review of over 200 academic studies findings, researchers Sonja Lyubomirsky, Laura King, and Ed Diener, confirmed a link between life satisfaction and successful business outcomes.
Happy employees report significantly higher job satisfaction, and feel 10 times more engaged to do a better job.
Happiness is a choice, and business leaders can make a concerted effort to develop positive work environments that will fuel new ambitions and the happiness advantage to boost both productivity and wellbeing, and drive sustainable growth.
According to Shawn Achor is New York Times bestselling author: