When I learned of Harvard-trained happiness researcher Shawn Achor’s recommendations for training your brain to be more positive, I admit, I did a little eye-roll. I mean, watching your breath go in and out for two minutes a day?
I’ll get to that shortly (which is part of your morning ritual).
But who am I to argue with the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage?
Achor says this about how our brains work:
“If you can raise somebody’s level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage. Your brain at positive performs significantly better than at negative, neutral, or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise.”
That also means, according to Achor, that a more positive brain gives you a competitive advantage at work. He says the brain at this state can increase your productivity by 31 percent.
OK, now we’re on to something.
What if you could set your whole day to this “happiness advantage” with a simple routine that any busy professional could do in minutes every morning? Here’s how — the scientific way. Carpe diem!
Your 23-minute Daily Morning Ritual
- Write down three acts of gratitude.
What three new things are you grateful for? Write it down. For long-term effect, Achor says do it for 21 straight days. He says the reason this is so powerful is you’re training your mind to scan for positives instead of negatives. This activity is the fastest way to teach optimism. It will significantly improve your optimism even 6 months later, and raises your success rates significantly. Read more