Happy people at work are 30% more productive, three times more creative, and 40% more likely to be promoted, according to Neil Pasricha, happiness guru, author, and keynote speaker at the America’s Credit Union Conference Wednesday in Las Vegas.
To provide a roadmap on how to achieve that happiness, Pasricha, a Harvard MBA who has studied happiness extensively, outlined five activities that are proven to boost a person’s well-being.
“These are the five big super studies that you or your families or the people at your credit union can do,” he says.
Pasricha calls the activities “happiness habits.” Those who perform at least one of the habits on a regular basis—for a 20-day challenge, for example—are clinically proven to have improved happiness levels.
The five happiness habits are:
1. Three brisk nature walks a week. Studies show that people who take three walks outside, particularly in more natural environments, lead happier lives.
2. The 20-minute review. People who spend 20 minutes a day writing in a diary or a journal about what’s happened to them are happier than those who don’t.
3. Random acts of kindness. “This is already wired in our DNA,” Pasricha says. People who perform small random acts of kindness achieve higher levels of happiness.
4. Meditation. Apps like Headspace make meditation easy, and many studies have proven the benefits of meditation, Pasricha says.
5. Five gratitudes. Write down five things you're grateful for every day. People who are grateful are happier than those who aren't.
“If we take the time to do these things," he says, "we will be happier people, lead happier credit unions, and lead happier lives.”