Happiness comes Mind-First
90% of a person’s long-term happiness is predicted by the way the brain processes the world rather than external factors, according to Positive psychologist Shawn Achor. He also asserts that only 25% of job successes are predicted by IQ – 75% are predicted by optimism levels, social support and an ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat.
This provides great evidence for a Mind-First approach to leadership and wellbeing, and one that also involves social engagement. More recent research – Neither an Optimist Nor a Pessimist Be: Mistaken Expectations Lower Well-Being – has also shown that building awareness around biased beliefs, and the mental agility for accurately perceiving the world is also an important factor in wellbeing. In other words, unrealistic optimism can lead to disappointment whilst a bias for pessimism can overshadow the joyful emotions associated with positive outcomes.
You can watch Shawn’s Ted Talk here