The Happy Secret to Better Work

This TED talk, ‘The Happy Secret to Better Work’, by Shawn Achor is one of the most inspiring I have seen. Not only is the presentation funny, personal and universal, it reveals key information on how our brains work and the extraordinary power of positive psychology (but without all the Tony Robbins take-over-the-world stuff). It reveals five important tools for being happy now. Not when you land the deal or win an award or make a million bucks or when seventeen other criteria are met, but now.

Here are the five tips for creating lasting positive change. I do some of them already, but not often enough. I’m going to do this for the next 21 days and report back. Wish me luck.
1. 3 Gratitudes (Write down 3 new things you are thankful for each day for 21 days.)
2. Journaling (Each day, write down something you have been thankful for in the past 24 hours.)
3. Exercise (Teaches your brain that your behaviour matters.)
4. Meditation (The single-focus is an antidote to all our multi-tasking / cultural ADHD.)
5. Random Acts of Kindness (Each day, write one positive email praising or thanking someone in your social support network.)

Hope the talk inspires you, too.



  1. March 12, 2012 / 3:57 pm

    Oh, I loved this video! He had me in stitches – so funny – but I also love the simple steps that we can incorporate into our lives. Great post – thank you.

  2. March 12, 2012 / 7:54 pm

    Hey Tina

    Thanks for commenting. Glad you liked it as much as I did. It's like an instructional vid on how to give an incredible talk, too. I love the way he personalises the journey through the ideas.

    You posted that comment at 2:57am! I hope you're in London right now. 😉


  3. March 13, 2012 / 12:59 pm

    Haha – I'm in Canada 🙂 And agreed, he's an awesome speaker, as well as having great ideas. I came back to watch it again!

  4. March 19, 2012 / 2:18 am

    Hope Canada's fun. Can't wait to spend time there some day myself. I seem to know lots of Canadians and they are all good humans.

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