Increase Optimism & Success in Only 2 Minutes a Day

Deep Dive into the Power of Positivity

Two minutes a day, for 21 days….that’s the time requirement for an exercise that expert Shawn Achor’s research indicates will increase your optimism and success.  Are you willing to risk a mere 14 minutes per week for what could ultimately make you a happier person? Keep in mind that happier people are generally more motivated, productive and successful.

In “The Power of Positive Thinking”  I listed things you can do daily to make it a habit to focus on more positive thoughts, thereby making you an overall happier person.  I just watched Shawn Achor’s TED Talk that made me literally cheer “AMEN!” as he ended his inspirational talk specifying two quick habits that will create “ripples of positivity” in your life. Achor studied happiness at Harvard, and he shared his findings.

How to Increase Optimism and Success in Only 2 Minutes a Day

Train Your Brain

Achor explained that by doing something for two minutes per day for 21 days in a row, you can actually rewire your brain. You can train your brain to become more positive, allowing your brain to work more optimistically and more successfully.

Achor suggested the following daily writing exercises to rewire your brain:

3 Gratitudes: For 21 days in a row, write down three new things each day for which you’re grateful. At the end of 21 days, your brain starts to “retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for a positive first.”

Journaling: Write about one positive experience that you’ve had in the past 24 hours. By writing it down and thinking about the positive experience, it allows your brain to relive it. Achor explained that if you exercise your brain just like you do your body, it will create ripples of positivity.

Your brain at positive is 31% more productive than your brain at negative, neutral, or stressed.   ~Shawn Achor

Achor also suggested meditation, but that will be a deep dive in a future post.

Watch Shawn Achor’s TED Talk:

Summary of Shawn Achor's inspirational TEDTAlk about happiness.






11 Replies to “Increase Optimism & Success in Only 2 Minutes a Day”

  1. I am so glad to read this. It took me a while to get out from this negative thought. I download the apps in my phone “Bliss” to write down my gratitude journal everyday. And also write a blog to help me. Great sharing. Thank you

    1. Thanks for bringing up apps! There’s so many good ones out there. I have a couple for meditation but will look for journaling apps. Thanks!

  2. I’ve found gratitude journalling so important. Not just for the day itself, and for helping to train your brain to focus on the good, but also for giving you something to look back on. I am prone to depression, and having a real, physical record of all the good things I have experienced makes a real difference if I start to go into a downward spiral.

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