By Shawn Achor Published Jan. 19, 2011 12:00 p.m.
“The single greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged workforce. That is not conjecture. That is now a confirmed scientific fact.
[...] In my research and consulting in 42 different countries during the worst economic downturn in recent history, I have discovered that most companies and schools around the world follow the same implicit formula: If you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you’ll be happy. This pattern of belief explains what most often motivates us in life. We think: If I just get that raise, or hit that next sales target, I’ll be happy. If I can just get that next good grade, I’ll be happy. If I lose that five pounds, I’ll be happy. And so on. Success first, happiness second.
The only problem is that this formula is scientifically backwards."
About Shawn Achor | The author of The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor is one of the world’s leading experts on human potential. Trained by some of the foremost pioneers in the field of positive psychology, he helped design the famed “happiness” course, the most popular at Harvard University at the time. Shawn has now lectured in 45 countries on how happiness affects performance. He is the founder of Good Think Inc., a consulting firm that uses research to enhance individual achievement and cultivate a more productive workplace. Achor’s lectures on the science of happiness have received attention in The New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal, and on CNN and NPR.