Monday, July 2, 2007

If you want to be happy, act happy

I love this. Seth Godin is one of my favorites because he takes over-complicated problems and applies under-complicated thought to it. So simple.

I’m a half-subscriber to the theory that we are a product of our environment. I agree with the premise, but I think it’s half-right (or, for you pessimists, half-wrong). What’s missing is the impact we have on our own environment.

Earlier this year, our firm was in a funk. In a meeting with our leadership team, there was an undertone of negativity and general crabbiness. So we challenged ourselves. For the next week, we agreed to leave that mood in the parking lot. Walk in with a smile. Greet each other with a friendly ‘hi.’ Be overly positive. Supportive. Even if we had to fake it, the forced-happiness test would last a week.

Guess what. By week’s end, it wasn’t forced. It was genuine. And it spread through the firm. It lead to better ideas for clients, greater productivity and a stronger sense of urgency. And a lot more laughter.

So, are you a product of your environment? Or is your environment a product of you?

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