Shawn Achor TED Talk Inspiring Optimism & Success

Increase Optimism & Success in Only 2 Minutes a Day

Two minutes a day, for 21 days….that’s the time requirement for an exercise that will increase your optimism and success. Shawn Achor studied happiness at Harvard, and he shared his findings in a very memorable TED Talk.

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Based on his research, the Shawn Achor TED Talk gives you two simple steps that will increase your optimism, and he explains why success will naturally follow.  Are you willing to risk a mere 14 minutes per week for what could ultimately make you a happier, more successful person?

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Deep Dive into the Power of Positivity

Shawn Achor’s TED Talk explains that happier people are generally more motivated, productive and successful. Success comes after happiness. That is contrary to popular belief that you’ll be happy once you become successful.

Shawn Achor’s TED Talk made me literally cheer “AMEN!” as he ended his inspirational talk specifying two quick habits that will create “ripples of positivity” in your life.

RELATED READING: 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.

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Train Your Brain

Shawn 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:

1 – Three 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.”

To help you with this, get my free printable to conveniently journal your three daily positives:

2 – 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


It’s also worth nothing that Shawn Achor also suggests that you start to meditation if you don’t already. Read my post Meditation: What It Is | Why You Should Do IT | How to Start to get everything you need to know to get started with meditation.

Watch Shawn Achor’s TED Talk:

Did you find Shawn Achor’s TED Talk as inspiring as I did?  Living with positivity and making a conscious choice to be happy will literally change your life for the better.

After you listen to his TED talk, I suspect you’ll want to learn more by Shawn Achor. I highly recommend you read Shawn Achor’s book titled The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life. I first listed to the  audiobook, but then purchased the paperback book because I wanted to highlight and be able to refer back regularly.

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11 Replies to “Shawn Achor TED Talk Inspiring Optimism & Success”

  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.

    1. Using your planner is a great idea. I also like to use the notes feature on my iPhone to record my gratitudes.

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