<![CDATA[Thanks to several studies about happiness and its positive effects on our productivity and learning capabilities, we know that we are more successful, more resilient and more receptive to new knowledge when our happy hormone, dopamine, is running in our bloodstream. Now wouldn’t it be awesome if we could share a portion of our happiness to the people around us, particularly those we work with? We spend half of our waking hours at work, with people we see more often than our own relatives. When Shawn Achor, the author of The Happiness Advantage, shared the five habits we can cultivate for 21 days to lead happier lives, he was referring to individual improvement. His further studies showed a slightly different tactic for an office setting.
These latest arguments and tactics are not as intuitive as the daily gratitudes and other happiness habits spelled out in Achor’s first book. But he has tried to make them more concrete with a 66-page parable. “The Orange Frog: Sparking a Culture of Positivity, Happiness and Success” is the story of Spark, a frog living in a community of green frogs beaten down by storms and hunted by herons. Spark is initially outcast because he has a bit of orange coloring, which increases as he does things like appreciate the beauty of a pond and enjoy a swim. But he chooses to embrace the orange. And his positivity proves contagious to all the frogs around him, improving their fly hunting as well as their ability to weather storms and avoid heron attacks.So how to be that orange frog?
Be pleasant and cheerfulFor overall good vibes, spread cheer yourself. If you’re feeling great, it shouldn’t be that hard to exude that warmth and calm and pleasantness to your colleagues. Even the grumpiest co-worker couldn’t ignore a sincere and genuine “good morning!” As Shawn Achor has shared, positive inception is the best way to infect others with your enthusiasm.
Positive inception is similar to the movie “Inception,” where Leonardo DiCaprio and others generate dream worlds that are in some ways quite real. “The final step is actually sharing that positive reality with other people to sustain it,” Achor said. “They create what we call a success franchise. They create a pattern that can, when shared, cause others to shift their reality.”Greet everyone you meet with a smile, or a wave. Don’t be shy to throw in “I hope your weekend went well,” or “Hey, I heard you did a good job with the presentation yesterday.” Make someone’s gloomy day sunshiny and bright with your own brand of happy feels.