The happiness advantage

If you are looking for a great read, then look no further. The happiness advantage is one of the books that was most influential for me in 2017. I can tend to get a little heavy duty and serious, like a lot of us. This book helped me shift my focus to having happier days more often. My business partner and wife both mentioned to me that I had seemed happier and “upbeat”. I would bet that none of us would turn down some more “Happiness” in our lives.

In this book, Shawn covers 7 principals to improve your happiness. Two of my favorites are principals #3 “the Tetris effect” and principal $6 “the 20-second rule”.

Principals #3 “the Tetris effect” is that we see what we are looking for most. This is so powerful because we can train our selves to look for the good or bad things in life. Do Shawn covers how to focus on the happy and good things in life. The great thing is that most everything in our lives is subjective. If you look at it with a positive point of view then it is a good thing. And conversely, if you look at it as a negative thing, then it seems bad. It becomes a fun game to try and look at everything as an advantage or good thing.

When our brains constantly scan for and focus on the positive, we profit from three of the most important tools available to us: happiness, gratitude, and optimism.

Principal $6 “the 20-second rule is to leverage humans natural tendency to do what is easiest. For example, if you are trying to cut out ice cream. If you have ice cream in your freezer, you cross the room, open the freezer door, pull out the ice cream and start earing it. That takes less than “20 seconds”. If you would like to curtail your ice cream habit, just don’t have any at home. Then when you want ice cream you will think, “I have to get dressed, get in the car, go to the store, buy the ice cream come back home etc.” and you will decide it’s easier to not eat the ice cream. This sounds obvious and it is, but very powerful and easy to implement.

This invisible pull toward the path of least resistance can dictate more of our lives than we realize, creating an impassable barrier to change and positive growth.

Well, I wanted to keep this post brief so I will wrap it up. The happiness advantage comes highly recommended from me! For more info make sure to stop by Shawn’s website and let me know of any other great books you have read lately.

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