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TED Talks Tuesday: The Happy Secret to Better Work

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

Our long-term happiness isn't predicted by the external world, but by the way our brains process the world - and if we can change our outlook, then we can not only change our happiness, but we can actually change how successful we are at work, at school, and in other parts of our lives. In this TED talk, you'll learn how happiness inspires us to be more productive - in a talk that's riddled with funny stories and one-liners.

Enjoy Shawn's complete talk, or skip ahead to the most relevant section by using the minute markers below:

0:47: Discovering positive psychology.

4:10: The 'Medical School Syndrome'.

6:13: Shaping our reality.

9:08: Reversing the formula for happiness and success.

11:02: Training your brain.

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Source: TED Talks / Hubspot.