My daughter's school is part of a group of schools that is orgnizing a speaker series called Common Ground. Their latest presenter was Shawn Achor, a leading thinker in positive psychology and author of the Happiness Advantage.
It was one of the best talks I have ever seen, full of practical scientific insights and remarkably simple advice geared not only to lift your happiness but ultimately success in all aspects of life.
I found his talk in three parts on youtube:
My notes were derived in part from the tweets I posted during the event: Overall he proved scientifically what a difference being happy makes in our lives and the lives of the people around us. At the end he gave a handful of practical tips, what we can do now to make us happier. Try them for yourself.
You want to create a new positive habit? Whatever you do for 21 days in a row, on the 22nd the new habit is formed and you do it effortlessly. Like putting on clothes in the morning.
Doesn't Happiness Advantage sound a bit New Agey? Therefore I was a bit wary about this talk, but all of his insights are based of scientific studies.
Update: This one connects nicely to our Reality Mining Future Salon with Sandy Pentland.You want to see the mirror neuron in action, watch this old candid camera elevator episode. Funny eye opening and scary all at the same time: