Tuesday, February 21, 2012

TED Talk Tuesday: The Happy Secret to Better Work

Today's TED Talk was recommended to me by not one, but two people (thanks Steph and Dr. Phil!).  Shawn Achor studies and teaches Positive Psychology, and is the CEO of Good Think, Inc.  In his funny and fast-paced talk, he argues that being positive can make us more productive.

Some pearls from his talk:
  • "If we study what is merely average, we will remain merely average."
  • Only 10% of our long-term happiness is predicted by our external world.
  • 90% of our long-term happiness is how our brain processes the world.
  • If we change the formula for happiness and success, we can change the way we affect reality.
  • 25% of job successes are determined by IQ.
  • 75% of job successes are determined by optimism levels, social support and the ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat.
  • Your brain at positive performs significantly better than it does in negative, neutral or stressed.
  • Every business outcome improves when your brain is in positive.
Here's his talk.  Enjoy!


  1. I LOVED IT. Positive Psychology. The name says it all. Thank you for sharing.

  2. So glad you liked it - it's one of my new favorites too! Thanks for your comment!