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.
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: