This is not part one. It’s part zero, a prerequisite. Like breakfast is the most important meal of the day (shout out to cereal) in order to digest the rest of this series you need to do this next step.
Watch this TED Talk before we can go on: Shawn Achor – “The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance” It sounds dry as the Mojave but I promise it is rife with living water. And unicorns. Seriously. Go watch it. Now.
Welcome back. Now what did we learn? There is science in happiness, you’re a liar! He had charts. Yeah, okay, maybe. But I’m not the amazing Shawn Achor. I’m that little outlying dot he talks about, the one that gets removed because it messes up the science. And so are you.
The reality is there are actual things you can do with your corporeal being to make yourself happy. The first is realizing, as Shawn says, happiness is not a reward on the other side of the goal. It is the goal. And all of your other actions will be easier when you get it in the right order. Happiness first. Goals second. Otherwise your brain will just keep moving the goal post and you’ll never feel happiness. And I don’t want that for you. Got it? Cool.
Now let’s get to work.