From an early age, I recognized that there was a clear distinction between people that were generally happy and those who weren’t.
What I didn’t understand was why.
When I started my post-secondary education I thought that if I studied psychology I would find those answers. It didn’t take long for me to learn that most of what we focused on in psychology classes, at that time, was mental illness, not mental wellness–and certainly not happiness.
Inspired by writers and proponents of positive thinking and the power of the mind like Napolen Hill, Og Mandino, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracey, and Jack Canfield–I began to consider other alternatives to traditional conventions. I became particularly interested in exploring how I could help people increase their happiness levels at work. Most individuals spend as much, or more, time in the workplace as they do with their immediate families and yet many are very unhappy in their workplace.
In recent years numerous scientific studies in positive psychology and neuroscience have revealed that happiness is indeed a determining factor in the functioning of the brain and its impact on employee performance.
So how do you increase your happiness and increase workplace productivity? By practicing choice and intention. Learn the strategies that focus your energies on the positive and engage in activities that heighten your happiness. Then watch as your life at home and work just keeps getting better and brighter.