Mar 20 2012

Happy Spring!

For winter's rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins; And time remembered is grief forgotten, And frosts are slain and flowers begotten, And in green underwood and cover Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

~ Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909)

 

Is happiness secret of success?
 
The greatest advantage in the economy is a happy workforce, argues Shawn Achor.  Scientifically, happiness is a choice. It is a choice about where your single processor brain will devote its finite resources as you process the world. If you scan for the negative first, your brain literally has no resources left over to see the things you are grateful for or the meaning embedded in your work. But if you scan the world for the positive, you start to reap an amazing advantage.
 
In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn challenges readers to do one brief positive exercise every day for 21 days. Only through behavioral change can information become transformation.
 
• Write down three new things you are grateful for each day;
• Write for two minutes a day describing one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours;
• Exercise for 10 minutes a day;
• Pray

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3/23/2012 5:06:07 AM
Jessica United States
Jessica
I think happiness is a necessary part of success.  Success is the achievement of a goal or purpose.  You can't define success in just monetary terms or based on level reached in a career.  Everyone desires happiness, God put the goal of happiness in our hearts.  If you have a prestigious title and a fat paycheck but aren't happy, you haven't achieved true success.  It's also very possible to be happy without a high paying job.  If you love life and you take pride in whatever you do and do it to the best of your ability, you have achieved success.  

My desire for my children is similar to God's desire for us; I want them to be happy in life.  Whether they grow up to be doctors or musicians, teachers or store clerks, truck drivers or equipment operators, if they are content in their hearts, I will consider them successful and rejoice in their happiness.  I believe God looks at us the same way.  

I agree 100% that happy workers are beneficial to the economy and the over all fiscal success of society.  But I think the secret is more to seek happiness, and that happiness will naturally lead to "success."
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