Ira and Scott discuss the power of gratitude following the workshop
Happiness will make you healthy, wealthy and wise, according to the latest in brain science.
At a recent Happiness Workshop, presented by Scott Crabtree, Founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Happy Brain Science, PHC employees were treated to some of the latest research in neuroscience and psychology to increase productivity and happiness at work. The workshop focused on defining the causative factors of happiness which calls for reframing stress, attitude, goals, and relationships. Scott presented techniques to increase job happiness by rebooting "workflow for increased focus and creativity."
"Happiness and productivity are connected to long-lasting positive emotions with meaning and purpose," Scott said, adding a great start to a productive day is to identify three things for which you're grateful, everyday.
He said stress was a major culprit in lowering productivity and suggested reframing the stress positively, rather than negatively, to energize it. He added that how we interpret what we see and experience reinforces how we feel about it. If we choose to see the stress as energizing, rather than negative, it becomes positive and conducive to greater happiness and success. Exercize, meditation, walking, deep breathing, and positive thinking and speaking will also help to reduce stress and increase happiness.
He said to prioritize people, offer kindness and gratitude to others and to celebrate and savor others through active, constructive responding.
"Invest all you can in relationships and give gratitude high importance," he said, and "be willing to receive gratitude from others."
He dove into a scientific explanation of what happens in the brain when bathed in positive thinking and responses.
He also warned against multi-tasking, which, contrary to popular opinion, is counter productive and actually leads to a poorer outcome by splitting and diminishing the amount of focus we put on either project.
"Multi-tasking makes you stupid and miserable," he said. "Don't do it."
Instead, he urged working in the flow. Drawing from the book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, Scott described flow as working (or creating) with an intentionally directed, deep, zone-like focus on a project without interruption.
The positives of happiness are enormous. Ultimately, Scott says, happiness is a choice, attainable through mindful language and attitude choices. It is a step toward greater consciousness which offers a broader perspective on everything leading to a greater overall vision of the task at hand. It allows for greater personal empowerment, expansive creativity, which enriches every aspect of life.