‘Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be’

Abraham Lincoln’s words suggest that we can influence our own happiness, rather than relying on our external circumstances to provide it.

I happen to agree with him but rather than write about it, I’m going to point you towards this video:

(If for any reason you can’t see the video, this is where it comes from: http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work.html)

One of the most pertinent points for me was :

‘What we found is that only 25 percent of job successes are predicted by IQ. 75 percent of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat.’

Today’s pebble for you to consider:

How happy will you choose to be this week?

What do you think?

Michelle

lTurning over pebbles is the blog of Thinking Space Coaching. 

If you’d like to make progress in your work and life, why not email me to see how we could work together?

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3 Responses to ‘Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be’

  1. Lesley says:

    Brilliant! What an inspiring clip! Thanks for sharing this with us all!

  2. Pingback: ‘Our values make us different’ | Turning over pebbles

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