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Read Part of a Shawn Achor's speech on the ‘happy secret to better work’, then pay attention to the words have been highlighted. How many of them do you know? If you don’t, look at their definition at the end:

Our external world is predictive of our happiness levels.  If we change it, if we change our formula for happiness and success, we can change the way that we can then affect reality. What we found is that only 25% of job successes are predicted by IQ, 75 percent of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat.

I found that most companies and schools follow a formula for success, which is this: If I work harder, I'll be more successful. And if I'm more successful, then I'll be happier. That undergirds most of our parenting and managing styles, the way that we motivate our behavior.

If you can raise somebody's level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage, which is your brain at positive performs significantly better than at negative, neutral or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise. In fact, we've found that every single business outcome improves. You're 37% better at sales. Doctors are 19 percent faster, more accurate at coming up with the correct diagnosis when positive instead of negative, neutral or stressed.


Predictive:  relating to or having the effect of predicting (Tell what’s going to happen before it happens) an event or result. (Adjective)

Affect: have an effect on; make a difference to. (Verb) / It’s noun is = effect

Optimism: hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something= Noun. (Antonym: Pessimism)

Threat: a person or thing likely to cause damage or danger. (Noun)

Undergird: provide support or a firm basis for. (Verb)

Motivate: cause (someone) to have interest in or enthusiasm for something.(Verb)

Advantage: a condition or circumstance that puts one in a favorable or superior position=Noun (Antonym: Disadvantage, Drawback, and handicap)

Significantly: in a sufficiently great or important way as to be worthy of attention= Adverb (Slightly, Meaninglessly)

Neutral: not supporting or helping either side in a conflict, disagreement, etc.; impartial. (Adj.)

Intelligence: the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. (Noun)

Accurate: especially of information, measurements, or predictions) correct in all details; exact. (Verb)

Diagnosis: the identification of the nature of an illness or other problem by examination of the symptoms. (Noun)

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