Falling Up versus Falling Down

Lynn Brayblog

For many of my clients it seems blindly clear to them that once they are successful they will be happy! With the goal posts on success constantly changing is it no wonder that happiness is perceived as less attainable today

Shawn Achor’s “The Happiness Advantage” outlines in an easy read, the results his research of 1600 Harvard students and dozens of Fortune 500 companies worldwide. I read this book on a plane a week before our February quakes and I usually highlight key points that I like. Problem was I was highlighting everything. There were so many concepts that made sense to me and impacted me this past year.

Try these concepts for example:

1. Falling up v falling down
2. Post Traumatic Growth Syndrome (PTGS) v Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS)
3. Bouncing forward v bouncing back

In defining what makes “Happiness” or better yet “Human Flourishing” Achor states

” Happiness isn’t about yellow smiley faces and rainbows – it’s the joy we feel striving for our potential. It’s more than a good feeling its an indispensable ingredient of our success”