We’ve been taught that if we work hard, we will be successful, and then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, get a raise, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: happiness fuels success, not the other way around.
When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive. This discovery has been repeatedly supported by research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the world.
Achor spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, based on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and at large companies like UBS and KPMG—developed strategies for how to fix this broken formula with what he calls the Happiness Advantage.
Using case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor definded 7 principals how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive, and ultimately more successful at work.
Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, he shows us how we can capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential.
Dr. Martin Seligman:
Are you in the pursuit of happiness?
Most of us think we know what happiness is, but what are the actual elements that promote happiness within each of us?
Dr. Seligman’s theoretical model of happiness (PERMA) helps us understand these elements and what we can do to maximize each element to reach a life full of happiness.
Seligman’s PERMA Model
A scientific theory to happiness – PERMA model
The PERMA model was designed by Martin Seligman with five core elements of psychological well-being and happiness. Seligman believes that these five elements can help people reach a life of fulfillment, happiness, and meaning. This model can also be applied to institutions to develop programs to help people develop new cognitive and emotional tools.
How to Apply the PERMA Model in Your Life
Being aware of the PERMA model is the first step to applying this theory to your life. Keep referring to the 5 elements of the model to help you apply it to each aspect of your life. Remember to think in a positive perspective at home and at work.
Find the things that make you happy and can make you fully engaged. You could even put goals to achieving more and challenging yourself in the activities you enjoy. Focus on your relationships with your family and friends by finding ways to connect and enjoy each other’s company. Find the meaning to your life and what gives you a sense of purpose, it’s different for everyone.