The Science of Happiness
Working Happier, Not Harder
For the past 20 years, I’ve studied and researched the topics of Happiness and Positive Psychology, which is the study of happiness and how we learn to thrive in both our personal and professional lives.
The Happiness Pie Chart breaks down the three factors that influence our happiness:
- A whopping 50% of happiness is genetic—which seems to run counter to the idea we have the ability within us to actually make ourselves happier! And it’s a valid concern when you think of some of the people and personalities we encounter in our daily lives.
- 10% of happiness is based on individual circumstances: your job and its challenges; how much money you make—or don’t make; your material possessions, like cars, homes, shoes, etc.
- Here’s the really fascinating section of the pie chart: the remaining 40% is up for grabs. This means that 40% of our happiness—be it personal or professional—is changeable. WE can create happiness! There are many activities and behaviors we can adopt to make this happen.
Happiness researcher, author, and speaker Shawn Achor explains it best: “Happiness is not about being blind to the negatives in our environment; it’s about believing we have the power to do something about them.” In other words, it’s not necessarily reality that shapes you, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality.
For too long, conventional wisdom has told us that success fuels happiness. However, research has shown that this is backwards thinking. Happiness actually fuels success! When you reset your brain toward positive, you become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive in life—including your work life.
This is a powerful realization that can have practical applications in the classroom. Education guru Robert Marzano says, “The single most influential component of an effective school is the individual teachers within the school.”
Imagine a school filled with teachers who focus on the positives of their environment … who know the importance of tending to their personal wellbeing, as well as their professional … who bring their very best self into the classroom every day.
Anyone who’s ever worked in a school knows which classrooms students are excited to step into each day—and which ones they’re not. As an accomplished keynote speaker and Happiness Coach, I’ll show you how the Science of Happiness can help transform your classroom into one where students love to learn and are able to thrive.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- The happiness research
- Retraining the brain toward positive
- Creating more joy in your profession
- Taking our power back
- The power of words
- Breaking the conventional happiness formula
- Why do we need happiness in education?
- The relationship between happiness and productivity
- Why self-care is important for educator wellbeing