Lunch with Lisa Book Club: The Happiness Advantage

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USANA’s 2011 International Convention is less than two weeks away. Are you ready??

With such an amazing lineup of speakers, I decided to use this post to spotlight one of them: Shawn Achor and his book The Happiness Advantage. In the book, Shawn shares his Happiness Course  (including his Seven Principles) from Harvard with us, along with his experiences from lecturing about positive psychology all around the world.

One of the things I learned from the book is that, alas, my parents were right. Growing up, they encouraged me to make the most of my day by having a P.M.A. — a positive mental attitude, when I left for school. Turns out, if you do approach your day, your challenging situation, etc. with the right attitude — a positive one — you will more than likely have a better result.

Basically, your brain can and will adapt. Shawn shares that this was long thought to not be the case, and research has proven otherwise. To me, it shows that we are in more control of our lives than we often take responsibility for. For example, if you are heading in to a meeting you are not looking forward to and are negative about, you may not have any other outcome.

One aspect of the book that will stick with me are all of the suggestions for “Capitalizing On The Happiness Advantage.” Many of the tips are small things we can do every day that can affect on our outlook and overall mood. One of them: exercise. Something else that makes a difference: helping people.

I do not want to take away from Shawn’s presentation at Convention, so I will leave you with this teaser. Make sure you see Shawn Friday morning at the General Session, and, if you can, Friday afternoon on the True Wealth Intermediate Training Stage. You can learn more about Shawn from his website.

Your Thoughts

Let us know what you think of Shawn’s presentation and The Happiness Advantage. Also, what tips do you have for staying positive?




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