Can you take your business and happiness to the next level by doing one simple thing each day?
Yes! Let me share with you a simple exercise you can begin doing right now which can raise not only your level of happiness but your level of success in L’dara.
One of my favorite author’s is a professor from Harvard named Shawn Achor who wrote a bestselling book called The Happiness Advantage. Simply put, this was one of the best books I have read in the last 5 years. Literally life changing.
Shawn looked at hundreds of studies in positive psychology over the past few years, studies that were done on over 275,000 people. In that research, he basically discovered that the old notion that “Being successful will make you happy” is simply not true. But instead, he found through all this research that the complete opposite was true: “Being happy will make you successful.” You have to be happy first before you can achieve the success you really want in life. If you wait to be successful before you feel fulfilled and happy, your chances of success will drop tremendously and you won’t be happy long-term.
Shawn travels around the world, teaching some of the largest and most successful corporations how employees can take some simple steps to become happier and thus more successful. His results have been extraordinary, with companies achieving incredible success as a result of the quick little exercises he introduces to these companies.
What they have found with some major advances in technology such as MRIs and brain scans, is that by simply doing these exercises you actually can change the neural pathways in your brain. Physically change them! They have never been able to measure that before, but now they can. So you can now take someone who has been negative, unhappy, depressed and unsuccessful all their lives and actually help them to feel happier, more positive and become more successful AND you can actually see the changes in their physical brain! It’s incredible!
Let me share with you a few quick things you can do, beginning today to implement these strategies, become happier and become even more successful.
First, realize that happiness is a work ethic. Happiness is not a mystery. You have to train your brain to be positive. Try an experiment right now called the 21-Day Challenge. Pick one of these three researched habits and try it out for 21 days in a row to create a positive habit.
1. Write down three new things you are grateful for each day. Research shows this will significantly improve your optimism even 6 months later, and raises your success rates significantly.
2. Write for 2 minutes a day describing one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours. This is a strategy to help transform you from a task-based thinker, to a meaning based thinker who scans the world for meaning instead of endless to-dos. This dramatically increases happiness.
3. Write one, quick email first thing in the morning thanking or praising anyone you know. This significantly increases your feeling of social support, which was the largest predictor of happiness for the students that Shawn studied.
Start doing one of these habits today. And once and for all, stop yourself and others from saying, “I’ll be happy when…” That formula is broken. But there is a better one: happiness leads to greater success.
About Ray Faltinsky
Ray received his Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity College and his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School, where he began researching the Direct Selling industry. His intensive research over a two-year period resulted in a 50-page thesis on Direct Selling (now called Relationship Marketing) and its viability as an effective means of distribution.
Combining his passion for wellness with his interest in Relationship Marketing, Ray launched FreeLife International in 1995, which has achieved well over $1 Billion in sales since that time. Now he is more excited than ever before to do his part to “Create Happiness” around the world with L’dara International.