What if the recipe for job satisfaction came down to something we automatically control?

Image: Many telephone poles close together, each with a man at the top working.

Source: Pixabay

Today at Ever Widening Circles (EWC), we point you to something really special! This piece made us laugh while inspiring a whole new perspective about work.

Take a look at Shawn Achor’s TED Talk, “The Happy Secret to Better Work”, and you’ll know why the happiness advantage is so important…

*Fasten your seat belts and turn off every distraction. Shawn talks very, very fast and almost every sentence is a gem.

Via: TED 1

(Check out more of our favorite TED Talks here!)

Have You Met our Friend, TED?

TED is known for celebrating and sharing ideas from some of the greatest thought leaders of our time! They've developed quite the expansive collection over the years, so we've narrowed down what we think are "must-see" TED talks that'll give anyone a proper introduction to TED.com!

Read More

As Mr. Achor notes, studies have shown that the trouble and suffering in our external worlds only influence our happiness by 10%. How can that be?

Is your definition of success on the other side of the horizon? Are you constantly telling yourself, “I’ll be happy when….”?  What if we were happier first?

If we were, Achor found that we would be:

  • more creative
  • more intelligent
  • faster
  • 30% more productive
  • 37% better at sales
  • etc…

Then he reminds us that the science of happiness shows that the way our brains process the world around us is the key to happiness and we have control over that! It only takes 21 consecutive days to rewire our brains.

Image: Metal sculptures of two kids cast long shadows in the snow

Source: Dr. Lynda

In fact, there is so much in that piece that I strongly recommend you watch the video a couple times to really take it all in. He is talking so fast, and throwing so many great insights at us, I found myself missing things while thinking about some particular point he made.

And what about all that craziness in our lives and at work? It’s not going away!

For that, I have two tactics I lean on all the time:

  • When I’m low, I’ve trained myself to mutter, “no feeling lasts forever”, and then I get busy. Time passes and if the negative feeling starts to engulf me again, I repeat the pattern: “no feeling lasts forever”, and then I get busy again. Eventually, if I repeat that pattern, I find that’s true! Circumstances change and I feel completely different and carry on more contentedly.
  • I constantly ask myself, “where is the opportunity in this situation?” Almost every disappointing situation has a window of opportunity if we will lift our heads up and take a look from a different perspective. This is difficult at first because we are so good at telling ourselves negative stories. But you can grow this habit, and you can discipline yourself to be constantly scanning the horizon for the positive first. (Most of us do the opposite.)
Learn more about the Conspiracy of Goodness happening around the world by clicking here!

More for your Happiness Advantage

If you’d like to learn more about the problem of the stories we are constantly telling ourselves, check out another of my most favorite short TED Talks in our article called What Fear Can Teach Us.

17 minutes

The Stories We Tell Ourselves Can Change Everything!

DO NOT MISS THIS! If you are turning your back on all the fear and malice in the news media these days, this TED Talk is a really fun and "game-changing" insight! (We use it almost every day)

Read More

That one has a jaw-dropping insight that we use almost every day in our business and personal lives. Enjoy!

Make it a great day! Stay open, curious and hopeful.

~ Dr. Lynda

Why not uncover a little more happiness?

Click the button below and fall into our category full of articles that will give you a boost.

Happiness & Hope on EWC

And don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss an article!

Support us on Patreon!       Check out our library!


  1. Achor, Shawn. “The Happy Secret to Better Work.” TED.com. TED, May 2011. Web. 11 Jan. 2016. <https://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work?language=en>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.

In this Circle

Secrets to the “Happiness Advantage” at Work

18 minutes

[ Business ]

By Dr. Lynda

Want to be happier at work? Solid science predicts we actually control 90% of our happiness and only 10% is related to our circumstances! Today, Shawn Anchor tells us how to nurture the "happiness advantage" in our work and home. Amazing!
Read More

Reframing Our Relationship with Things We Can’t Control

22 minutes

[ Education ]

By Dr. Lynda

Dr. BJ Miller has some life experiences that can bring us to a new place in considering our own. Enjoy a little transformation here from his many stories that can help us right-size our challenges.
Read More

It Can All Change In An Instant (For The Better!)

11 minutes

[ Curators' Best ]

By Dr. Lynda

Ric Elias was on board "the Miracle of the Hudson," the US Airways flight that was set to crash before a heroic safe landing by Captain Sully. Learn what went through Elias' mind as the doomed plane went down in the icy water. It is a gift to all of us!
Read More

The Stories We Tell Ourselves Can Change Everything!

17 minutes

[ Business ]

By Dr. Lynda

DO NOT MISS THIS! If you are turning your back on all the fear and malice in the news media these days, this TED Talk is a really fun and "game-changing" insight! (We use it almost every day)
Read More

“My Stroke of Insight”: A Scientist’s Best and Worst Day

19 minutes

[ Books ]

By Dr. Lynda

What happens when a brain scientist studying strokes has a stroke of her own? It's a riveting story with a huge insight for us all! Find out in today's featured TED Talk.
Read More

Gratitude and Wonder with Louie Schwartzberg

12 minutes

[ Art ]

By Dr. Lynda

Photographer Louie Schwartzberg brings us all to a place of breath-taking beauty, wonder and hope with his TED Talk, remarkable images and the words of wise ones, young and old. This TED Talk leaves us with a sigh and a smile every time we revisit it.
Read More

What Makes Us Happy?

27 minutes

[ Curators' Best ]

By Dr. Lynda

We can all think of a a lot of things that makes us happy, but what if we didn't need things and circumstances to be happy? Former biochemist turned monk Matthieu Ricard give us a leap forward on that!
Read More

Living Beyond Expectations: Daniel Kish

15 minutes

[ #ConspiracyofGoodness ]

By Dr. Lynda

Despite not having eyes, Daniel Kish has taught himself to "see" with a human "eco-location" and he is teaching others. His story is a remarkable testament to what happens when we never get the memo about things that are "impossible" and instead make what we have work for us!
Read More

Beauty Beyond Our Perception

9 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Dr. Lynda

Take a few minutes to witness the beauty around us, yet beyond our wildest imagination. Here's a thought leader working at the intersection of technology, art, and science. See what you think...
Read More

How to Trade a Paperclip for a House

16 minutes

[ Conservation & Sustainability ]

By Dr. Lynda

Now here's a TED Talk that is both fun and transformational! The best ideas are a win/win for everyone and this one certainly qualifies. After this, you'll never look at your "stuff" in the same way.
Read More