75% of job success is predicted by optimism, social support and ability to see stress as a challenge (not a threat).

I’ve been trying to get my head around this. Only 25% of our success at work is down to our IQ, knowledge, skills and education?

That’s what the research says.

Have you heard about the orange frog? Positive psychology? The happiness advantage?

I promise this is not some ‘fluffy’/hippy/yoga/chanting thing (I’m a hot yoga girl, not a chanting yogi).

It’s positive psychology - for beginners. Easy to understand. Crazy simple to implement. 

It's based on Shawn Achor’s research with thousands of Fortune 500 executive in 42 countries around the world. You might know Shawn from his TED talk - The happy secret to better work.  Which by the way (in case you’re not one of the 20 million people who have watched it), is 12 minutes of insightful, funny fast-talk. 

Shawn is part of the team who taught the most popular course in the history of Harvard University - Positive Psychology 1504.

But we don’t have to go to Harvard to learn this stuff.

It’s been three weeks since I attended the Orange Frog Happiness Advantage workshop hosted by AIM and Positive Scenario.

And let me tell you, the last 21 days have been very different for me. The course was full of fantastic information, insightful examples and loads of practical things to take away in to your personal and professional life.

So far I’ve implemented just one of the things I learnt - and it’s changed my lense on the world.

I’m more optimistic. Calmer. I have more clarity, more patience - and more courage.

During the last three weeks I’ve tackled a new work challenge - completely uncharted territory for me - without fear. I’ve met the challenges and frustrations of parenting differently. I’ve smiled more. I’ve actually said (in my head and out loud), I feel happy today. Yep, I’m that 'happy weirdo’.

During the last three weeks, I’ve also lost a dear family member - far before his time - to a very aggressive form of cancer. It’s the first time I have personally felt this kind of loss. It’s been a very sad time. But somehow, I still have my optimistic lense.

For me personally - the Orange Frog Happiness Advantage workshop couldn’t have come at a better time.

Professionally - I’m fascinated by the happiness advantage. Fascinated by the fact that happiness can fuel performance. Here are some more benefits drawn from the research:

Happy people and positive teams and workforces are:

  • Up to three times more engaged

  • 31% more productive

  • Experience 23% fewer symptoms of stress and fatigue

  • 37% more successful in sales

  • Produce work which is 19% more accurate

I’m someone who needs to see the facts, the evidence - the whole picture. So knowing that science says that 75% of job success is predicted by optimism, social support and ability to see stress as a challenge is incredibly powerful for me and what I do with clients and job seekers. 

I’ve always believed that people should be happy at work. I even go as far as saying that people should #lovework. 

Maybe I’ve always been that ‘happy weirdo’.