The happiness advantage: linking positive brains to performance

‘Shawn, why do you waste your time studying happiness at Harvard? Seriously, what does a Harvard student possibly have to be unhappy about?’

But the crazy truth is, Harvard kids are as unhappy as anyone else. What’s going on in your life – from health, to money, to relationships, to prestige – predicts only about 10% of your happiness. 

So ... if I had a million dollars ... I wouldn’t be any happier? Shawn’s work flips our understanding of happiness inside out. You don’t get happy by achieving success. You achieve success by getting happy. Dopamine, which your brain makes when you’re happy, has one important side effect: It makes you smarter. A positive brain is 31% more productive. It’s better at sales, faster and more accurate at diagnosing problems.