The Happiness Advantage
March 20th 2015 is International Happiness Day. Coinciding with the first UK eclipse in however many years, and it falling on a Friday; today really does feel like it is going to be a happy day.
Sticking the jacket on, and leaving the office in ever sunny London, me and the rest of the team (or at least those in before 9:30am) went outside to witness the moon cover the sun. There was already a crowd developing, and we took our place amongst them as we tried to make out the Sun amongst a sea of clouds. 15 minutes later, with no change in sight, and with frozen toes I went back inside. It was certainly an anti-climax, but I still had a smile on my face.
Everyone has things that make them happy, and in my case, this morning was sharing a joke with colleagues and blindly following the stream of people looking up to the Sun (or where we thought the sun was).
I am currently reading ‘The Happiness Advantage’ by Shawn Achor, who spent over 10 years researching and lecturing at Harvard University. It is considered to be one of the finest books on happiness in the market, and so far I am inclined to agree. I have read a few business and personal development books, alongside traditional fiction (Shantaram is pretty good) and Shawn Anchor has been the first person that has managed to make me smile whilst reading. Who would have thought that Unicorns would play a part in a professional development book? The Happiness Advantage is full of real world experiences, that can be applied to both your career and your personal life.
I have learned it is important not to lock yourself away in the hope of being more productive, and that my social network plays a greater part in my happiness. If you want some practical principles that you can apply to your happiness then I recommend this book…
…If you don’t fancy a read, here is a picture of my cat, he always seems to make me happy 🙂