Action for Happiness – How Can We Truly Become Happy?

Did you know that surveys in the U.S. show that people are no happier now than in the 1950s, despite massive economic growth? How about that most people think that if they become successful, they’ll then be happy? Recent discoveries in psychology and neuroscience show that this formula is backward: happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we’re positive, our brains are more motivated, engaged, creative, energetic, resilient and productive.

In our work lives, we’re trained to believe the bigger the paycheck or promotion, the happier the employee. If that formula is indeed backward, how do we attain happiness in order to be more successful in the workplace? Action for Happiness, a movement involving people who are dedicated to making society happier, offers an option. By signing its pledge, you can vow to try to create more happiness in the world through the way you approach your life. Action for Happiness offers a variety of resources, including our favorite, the 10 Keys to Happier Living (“Great Dream”):

Giving                Direction

Relating             Resilience

Exercising         Emotion

Appreciating     Acceptance

Trying Out         Meaning

Latest research shows these keys consistently tend to make people’s lives happier and more fulfilling. You can attain happiness in order to be more successful. Click here to learn more about Action for Happiness and the great strides its members are taking to help people find the path to happiness. Click here for a great TED Talk by Shawn Achor, all about the happy secret to better work.