The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Achor
28th January 2018

One of my all-time favourite Ted Talks is The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Achor. Have you ever watched a TED Talk? TED talks are short speeches, presentations, monologues (they have many titles and descriptions) given by people who know what they are talking about. A TED Talk is often as inspiring as it is informative and I try to listen to at least a couple a week. Some I go back and listen to or watch again. As a freelance copywriter, I actively invest time in self-development and professional development. Watching or listening to Ted Talks is one valuable part of that.

More About The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Anchor

Shawn is the CEO of Good Think Inc where he researches and teaches positive psychology. This a fast-moving, very amusing and yet insightful talk which makes you look differently at how to achieve productivity, how to be happy and more.

The brain works in mysterious ways and yet Shawn is one of those clever folks who seem to have quite the knack for working out how we may maximise the brain’s power to benefit our daily lives.

Shawn explains that as a society we believe that happiness will come after success. The problem here is when you attain that success what then? Yes, you need to raise the bar. In order to maintain your happiness or attain new joy, you need to work harder, push yourself further and be more. This forced productivity is unsustainable, really doesn’t make us happy and is a crappy model.

In just 12 minutes the Happy Secret to Better Work reframed how I looked at success and happiness and left me with key takeaways that benefitted myself and my business and my life.

This is a very brief recap and does not do his talk justice. I highly recommend watching this to find ways to rewire your thinking for true happiness and productivity at work that is sustainable and enjoyable. Don’t worry about the “Woo”, this is an evidence-based talk that makes sense and offers practical tips and solutions.

I highly recommend adding The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Anchor to your watch or listen-to list. Watch out for broken arms and a young and impressionable unicorn.


Are Ted Talks Another Distraction

First of all, you don’t need a TED Talk account to watch this obviously, however, I set up a free account so that I could save the various TED Talk videos I’ve watched and enjoyed. An account is free so you don’t have to spend lots of time on there to justify another subscription. I jump on and off when I have the time, the same way that I listen to a podcast when in the shower or when on a walk. This Ted Talk is just 12 minutes long so it’s worth saving for when you’re doing the dishes or have a brew in hand.

Investing in your happiness at work, whether you are self-employed or have an employer, will increase your own wellbeing and make you a better employee or business owner. That’s a solid win-win situation.


Nicki Cawood, Nicki Cawood Copywriter,
Nicki Cawood is The Small Business Copywriter.

Established in 2006, she has provided copywriting, editing, rewriting, blogging support and more to many many small businesses. 


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