Coaching and Mentoring - Happiness towards Success

Why is Happiness important at work?

Happy Employees Are Critical For an Organization's Success.
Here are the 10 most important reasons why happiness at work is the #1 productivity booster, as researches has proved (particularly Martin Seligman’s work in positive psychology). 

1: Happy people work better with others

Happy people are a lot more fun to be around and consequently have better relations at work. This translates into:
• Better teamwork with your colleagues
• Better employee relations if you’re a manager
• More satisfied customers if you’re in a service job
• Improved sales if you’re a sales person

2: Happy people are more creative
If your productivity depends on being able to come up with new ideas, you need to be happy at work. When people are in a good mood on a given day, they’re more likely to have creative ideas.
There seems to be a cognitive process that gets set up when people are feeling good that leads to more flexible, fluent, and original thinking, and there’s actually a carryover, an incubation effect, to the next day.

3: Happy people fix problems instead of complaining about them
When you don’t like your job, every molehill looks like a mountain. It becomes difficult to fix any problem without agonizing over it or complaining about it first. When you’re happy at work and you run into an obstruction – you just fix it.
4: Happy people have more energy
Happy people have more energy and are therefore more efficient at everything they do.
5: Happy people are more optimistic
Happy people have a more positive, optimistic outlook, and optimists are way more successful and productive. It’s the old saying “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right” all over again.

6: Happy people are way more motivated
Low motivation means low productivity, and the only sustainable, reliable way to be motivated at work is to be happy and like what you do.

7: Happy people get sick less often
Getting sick is a productivity killer and if you don’t like your job you’re more prone to contract a long list of diseases including ulcers, cancer and diabetes.
You’re also more prone to workplace stress and burnout.
One study assessed the impact of job strain on the health of 21,290 female nurses in the US and found that the women most at risk of ill health were those who were not happy with their jobs. The impact on their health was a great as that associated with smoking and sedentary lifestyles.

8: Happy people learn faster
When you’re happy and relaxed, you’re much more open to learning new things at work and thereby increasing your productivity.

9: Happy people worry less about making mistakes – and consequently make fewer mistakes
When you’re happy at work the occasional mistake doesn’t bother you much.
You pick yourself up, learn from it and move on. You also don’t mind admitting to others that you screwed up – you simply take responsibility, apologize and fix it. This relaxed attitude means that less mistakes are made, and that you’re more likely to learn from them.

10: Happy people make better decisions
Unhappy people operate in permanent crisis mode. Their focus narrows, they lose sight of the big picture, their survival instincts kick in and they’re more likely to make short-term, here-and-now choices. Conversely, happy people make better, more informed decisions and are better able to prioritize their work. 

The upshot
Think back to a situation where you felt that you were at peak performance; a situation where your output was among the highest and best it’s ever been. I’m willing to bet that you were working at something that made you happy; something that you loved doing.
There’s a clear link between happiness at work and productivity. This only leaves the question of causation: Does being productive make us happy or does being happy make us productive? The answer is, of course, yes! The link goes both ways.
But the link is strongest from happiness to productivity – which means that it if you want to be more productive, the very best thing you can do is focus on being happy with what you do.

What is positive psychology?
Positive psychology is a new branch in academia that studies the traits and conditions that lead to optimal functioning. Its founding principle is that wellbeing is not merely the absence of distress, but a whole host of conditions that allow us to grow, prosper and thrive. It focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.

Dr. Martin Seligman
Founder of Positive Psychology and author of “The Authentic Happiness”
Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center
His research has demonstrated that it is possible to be happier — to feel more satisfied, to be more engaged with life, find more meaning, have higher hopes, and probably even laugh and smile more, regardless of one’s circumstances.
Positive psychology interventions can also lastingly decrease depression symptoms.

Shawn Achor

Author of "The Happiness Advantage”
Shawn is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. He continues to conduct original psychology research on human potential, happiness, and organizational achievement.

What is The Happiness Advantage?
Our most commonly held formula for success is broken.
Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job win that next promotion, 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 at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe. For instance:

• Doctors put in a positive mood before making a diagnosis show almost three times more intelligence and creativity than doctors in a neutral state, and they make accurate diagnoses 19% faster (Estrada, Isen & Young, 1997).

• Optimistic salespeople outsell their pessimistic counterparts by 56% (Seligman, The authentic happiness,1991).

• Happy workers have higher levels of productivity, produce higher sales, perform better in leadership positions, and receive higher performance ratings and higher pay. They also enjoy more job security and are less likely to take sick days, to quit, or to become burned out (Lyubomirsky Sonja, The how of happiness, 2005).

It turns out that our brains are literally hardwired to perform at their best not when they are negative or even neutral, but when they are positive. That means that organizations actively working to enhance employee happiness gain a significant competitive advantage.

So How Do You Get To Be Happy?

Happiness is a broad and subjective word, but a person's well-being includes the presence of positive emotions, like joy and interest, and the absence of negative emotions, like apathy and sadness.

To be happy and successful requires certain skills that most of us have to learn.
We can’t all be successful in the same way. Most of us won’t be World Leaders, Sports Heroes, Hollywood Icons or Nobel Prize winners. However we do all have the potential of being equally happy, fulfilled and successful in our own way.

The “Coaching Happiness towards Success” workshop is established to teach individuals the skills needed to be positive and happy; and beyond that to reap the outcome of their happiness in their work environment as well as in all the aspect of their lives.