The Pursuit of Happiness in Uncertain Times with Shawn Achor
How can we be happy, even in challenging times? I recently interviewed Shawn Achor, happiness expert and bestselling author, to unlock how we can create happiness, spread it to other people and use it as an advantage in our lives. Here are some of the top takeaways:
Happiness Is a Necessity
In great times, happiness might be considered a luxury. Right now, however, optimism and happiness are essentials that we absolutely need. You might think happiness is whimsical; but it actually requires toughness and determination to pursue it, especially in these challenging days. To channel that resolve of mind and heart, start with gratitude. Focus on what’s positive. Remember: you can either get bitter, or you can get better.
There Will Be a Turning Point
While this global pandemic is unprecedented, throughout history humans have overcome many crises. There is a pattern to that human response. At first, people may feel overwhelmed with anxiety and fear but, eventually, a turning point comes and they are able to raise their levels of optimism and social connection, refine the meaning they have within their work and restart forward progress.
We Are Stronger Together
Right now, the greatest predictors of our long-term levels of happiness are other people. Social bonds are more important than ever before. If you are experiencing a challenge, optimism doesn’t shield you from it. But optimism and social connection cause you to become more adaptive and get through it quicker. If you feel alone, your difficulties might seem impossible to overcome; if you feel a connection to others, your mindset shifts. This crisis actually gives us something meaningful to bond around, thus increasing our social connectivity and deepening our relationships.
Now Is the Time
Sometimes you have to get away from what is comfortable to go after what is great. People have seeds of untapped potential inside that they’re often unaware of, or don’t have time to nurture. There are ways to find growth in the midst of a challenge. Examine the dream or the goal that has been hidden in your heart. Start by helping other people. If the height of your potential is predicted by the people you have around you, find a way of lifting them up.
It is possible to process this crisis and have a happier, more successful and productive outcome. Listen to the latest episode of “The Brian Buffini Show” to hear more.