We move onto Tuesday! Feel’s like a perfect day to be happy and take over the world! Psychologists have discovered that the happier we are, the more creative, thoughtful, and open to new ideas that we become. In a lot of these studies the scientist will do something, which will bring the individual to a state of happiness, and then have the participants take a test, draw a picture, solve a problem, etc. The scientists will then take the same individual and bring them to a state of negativity and ask them to do the same things. The results, turn out completely different. Happiness brings production.
Happiness gives us a real chemical edge over the competition. How? Positive emotions flood our brains with dopamine and serotonin, chemicals that not only make us feel good, but dial up the learning centers of our brains to higher levels.
While at higher levels of these chemicals, we can think faster, more creatively, solve problems quicker, stay calmer, and progress better. We can literally see more of what is going on around us when we are happier. A study at the University of Toronto actually showed that our mood can change our visual cortex, which is the part of the brain that is responsible for site and processing things.
Think of the edge that happiness gives you in the workplace and in life in general. “After all, who wouldn’t want to see out of box solutions, spot opportunities, and better see how to build on the ideas of others.” The Happiness Advantage is why cutting-edge companies have foosball tables in the lounge, why Yahoo has a massage parlor, why google employees are encouraged to bring their dogs to work, why DishOne has a cereal bar and serves unlimited drinks. Our CMO, Nate McConkie is the master of bringing ideas and a culture that create happiness.
When happiness is present in the building, production will follow!!
Unlimited Lucky Charms and Coco Puffs, Cram
Here is the first response since I issued the challenge. Thanks to Nick Stephenson for sharing:
“I’m reading this book for my power hour as well and it has already made a huge impact in mine and my families life. One of the things we have been trying to apply is having everyone share 3 things they are grateful for from that day. General answers like “I’m grateful for my family” and “I’m grateful for my house” are not allowed unless there is something specific tied to why they are especially grateful today for that. It always has to be something that they took the time to notice that day. This has been awesome for Brooke and I but even cooler to see the change it makes in our kids. They are nicer to each other and not as snippy with Brooke and I. I really do believe that ingraining this principle of looking for things to be grateful for will help me and my wife but more importantly my kids to become the best versions of themselves.”