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The Happiness Advantage Book Study, Week 5

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Orange Leaders Wednesday May 29, 2013
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by Leslie Galema

There is a great quote that says, “It is amazing what you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” People who understand this, know the benefit of being on a team. We have all heard the saying that, “Together Everyone Achieves More!” There is a comfort in knowing that when you are going through hard times, you have support from friends. I am reminded of the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” and the fact that if you get stumped by a question, you could phone a friend or ask the audience for help! What a relief! When we were kids we were taught about “the buddy system,” and that there is safety in numbers. The power of having someone by your side makes the good times happier and the bad times a little easier! Nobody likes going alone.

That leads us to our final week’s study of The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. This week, I will unpack two more happiness principles, Principle #7 Social Investment and the Conclusion.

Principle #7 Social Investment
Why Social Support is Your Single Greatest Asset.

Author Shawn Achor writes that in the midst of challenges and stress at work, nothing is more crucial to our success than holding on to the people around us. Although, in most cases, when we are faced with challenges it is our instinct to turn inwardly and isolate ourselves—retreating into our shells at the moment we need to be reaching out the most. One of two things usually happens at this juncture. Either we falter and fail to finish the project, or we power through and get it done then immediately get rewarded with another challenging project, now with zero oxygen left in our tank. We are not only overwhelmed, but miserable and dejected, lost at a dead end—alone.

The most successful people take a different route. Instead of turning inward, they hold tight to their social support. Not only are these people happier, but more productive, engaged, energetic, and resilient. Social relationships are the single best investment they can make in the Happiness Advantage.

Challenge:
What do you do, when faced with stresses at work? Do you isolate yourself or do you lean on those on your team?
Who are those people in your life that you can start locking arms with to be productive and successful?

Conclusion
Every Big Wave Starts Small.

It has been said that a single butterfly flapping its wings can create a hurricane halfway around the world. This theory is known as the Butterfly Effect. In other words, one very small change can trigger a cascade of bigger ones. By making changes within ourselves, we can actually bring the benefits of the Happiness Advantage to our teams, our organizations, and everyone around us.

What is one small change you can make today that will increase your happiness advantage?

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