Recently, as part of “switch” among fellow bloggers, I wrote post for LinkedIntelligence, called How My Blog Turbo Powers My LinkedIn Connections. Now Liz Fuller, from Business and Blogging, has graciously offered one on success for us here. I’ll let Liz explain further. . .
b5media is mixing things up this month by creating a “blog scramble”. Bloggers are writing guest posts for fellow b5media bloggers. I was excited that I was matched up with Liz Strauss’ Successful blog. I’m a big fan. And this opportunity gives me a chance to write about a different passion than my usual posts on Business and Blogging.
Happiness and Success
by Liz Fuller
When I’m not blogging or working, I’m pursuing a PhD in organizational psychology. One of my favorite areas of study is positive psychology and the research that has been done by Ed Diener on the linkages between success and happiness.
Now, you may be thinking – big surprise – “people who are successful are happy”.
But wait! The research shows that the order is actually reversed – people who are happy tend to become more successful!!
For the sake of this research, success is defined as having good relationships, good health and earning an above average income!
Researchers are not sure of the reason for the relationship, but it appears that people who are happy tend to draw positive people and experiences to them.
The secret to success then may be to focus first on being happy.
I try to do this by remembering on most days to:
- take time to be grateful for everything I already have in my life
- enjoy time with my family and friends
- give myself a break when it comes to my own faults and foibles
- listen to music, read for pleasure and watch the sun rise
- learn something new every day
- help someone else, even if it is simply taking the time to listen
What about you? What do you do to increase the happiness in your life? Do you think it is possible to consciously make yourself happier? Do you agree that the secret to success in life is to first be happy?
–Liz Fuller writes for Business and Blogging
–ME “Liz” Strauss