How to be Happy: Stop Chasing Happiness?

Are you happy?

In a funny, fascinating lecture, one psychologist gives his thoughts on how to be happy by turning the idea of happiness on its head and improving your work while you’re at it.

Happiness can seem so elusive, but really I feel like this infographic boils it down to its roots, don’t you? If what you’re doing isn’t making you happy, it might just be time to step back and see how you can change it. Or is that really the secret?

Of course, that’s easier to say than it is to do. Happiness can be complicated, and so can our individual situations. That’s why I really enjoyed a TED Talk that my friend Zach shared on his blog not too long ago. The talk is from TEDxBloomington, and in it psychologist Shawn Achor argues that maybe instead of looking for happiness in our lives we ought to approach our lives with optimism and productivity.

It’s an inspiring idea, don’t you think? Check out the talk:

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Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .


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