“If you’re not feeling so positive and you go engage in a simple positive habit, and then you feel better, you’re reminding your brain that your behaviors matter.” – Michelle Gielan

One of my favorite topics is how to speak bravely, and today’s Finding Brave guest is someone who can back up the importance of doing this with strong research. What she shares today reveals how our language shapes and influences our reality so much more than most of us understand.

Michelle Gielan is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change and was named one of the Top 10 authors on resilience by the Harvard Business Review. She is the founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research.

Michelle is also the Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” on PBS and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course. She formerly served as anchor of The CBS Morning News. Michelle has spent the past decade researching the link between happiness and success and her research has received attention from dozens of media outlets including: The Washington Post, Forbes, and The New York Times, among other major outlets.

What you’ll learn in this episode is that although being happy may be challenging sometimes, happiness is indeed a choice. In the long run, we will all have a much great chance of achieving happiness if we are deliberate and committed to achieving it on a daily basis.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • What Michelle’s amazing research on happiness is telling us [4:19]
  • How positive talk really works and why she focuses on the work that she’s doing [5:41]
  • The 3 elements that make up a successful mindset and what mastering them will allow you to do [6:09]
  • How we can reverse pessimism and stop being so hard on ourselves [8:55]
  • A powerful real life example of how happiness is a choice [13:54]
  • The damaging effects of negative news and how we can stay  informed without getting depressed [19:14]
  • Michelle’s suggestions for the language we use and two practices we can implement today to increase our levels of happiness [25:10]
  • Why we shouldn’t be dimming our own light to other people and what we can be doing instead [29:56]

For More Information:

http://michellegielan.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellegielan/

https://www.facebook.com/michellegielan/

https://twitter.com/michellegielan

Resources Mentioned:

Michelle’s 21-Day Happiness Challenge, Success Scale Questionnaire,  & Response to Stress Resource

Her Book, Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change

Kathy’s Forbes Blog with Michelle Gielan, Think You Can’t Change Others Or Increase Their Happiness? You Can, And Here’s How

Kathy’s Forbes post on How To Stop Staying ‘I’m Sorry’ When You’re Not (And Why You Need To)

Episode 39: How to Leverage Technology to Increase Your Happiness with Amy Blankson

Shawn Achor’s Website

QUOTES:

“Those little words that we utter, both to ourselves and to other people, have huge implications over the world that we create.” [4:29]

“We see research that shows that through small, simple habits, we can train our brain to be more optimistic. We can change it at any time.” [9:48]

“You are a broadcaster and the words you use as you move throughout your day influence other people, and they influence your own action.” [13:02]

“I personally get my news predominantly online, in text form as opposed to video, because I feel like it gives us more control over it.” [24:28]

“Social support is the greatest predictor of long-term levels of happiness that we have in the research we do.” [25:46]

 

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