No better time to start a new book than on a Monday. Let’s raise our glasses to Monday, shall we? The Happiness Advantage will be the book that we explore, learn from, and use to become a little better every day for the coming weeks.
If you observe the people around you, you'll find most individuals follow a formula that has been subtly or not so subtly taught to them by their schools, their company, their parents, or society.
Many people think that if you work hard, you will then become successful and that once you become successful, then you become happy. What happens more often than not, is we sit around thinking that if I could just get that raise, I would be happy. If I could just lose a couple pounds, I would be happy. If I could just get a 4.0 in school, I would be happy. We often think that success comes before happiness.
This thought process is broken. If success caused happiness, then every person who got a raise, lost weight, or had perfect grades should be happy. What happens instead is their goalposts of success keeps getting pushed further and further out, “so that happiness gets pushed over the horizon.” This book talks about how this mentality is backward, and how that through thousands of hours of research that happiness comes before success. “Thanks to cutting-edge science, we now know that happiness is the precursor to success, not merely the result.”
When we start to realize that happiness and optimism fuel performance, we will have a competitive edge, which will be referred to a lot in this book as the “Happiness Advantage.” Waiting to be happy limits our brain’s potential for success. But instead, if we cultivate a positive brain, we will be more motivated, efficient, creative, loving, able to overcome trial and temptation, and so much more. Plain and simple, the happier you are, the more success you will have. I am excited to pass onto you some of the studies that have been done to show that this concept is way more powerful than we think. It is life-changing. So here we go. Let’s get it done. This should be fun!
Happiness is life, Cram