Shawn Anchor’s Ted Talk is the video you need to watch in the midst of your job search!

I am in a “Monday Night Club” with 10 other women. We get together once a month to drink wine and learn something new. We’ve done floral arrangements, yoga, financial literacy… and last month we talked about stress management. My friend, a physician with a very stressful job, led the conversation.

We talked about Shawn Achor’s research on happiness and it was mind blowing. (Side note: his class is the most popular class at Harvard) Do me a favor today. Take the 12 minutes and 20 seconds to listen to Shawn’s Ted Talk titled: The Happy Secret to Better Work. Link in comments section. Shawn’s research demonstrates that #happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work

. The video also gives some practical tips to help you increase your happiness including practicing gratitude by writing down 3 things that you are grateful for each day and spending time meditating or praying every day.

Happiness can be a choice. If you are job searching or in a job that is frustrating— you can let yourself get “owned” by the situation or you can choose to make conscious changes to your mindset and habits. 🌟How or have you applied Shawn’s research to the job search?


  • Sarah Johnston

    I’m a former corporate recruiter and industry “insider” who got tired of seeing talented high-achievers get passed over for opportunities because they did not have the right marketing documents or know how to position themselves in interviews. I have relocated multiple times across the country as a “trailing spouse” and have had to execute job searches in completely cold markets (where I literally knew no one!) I have been named a LinkedIn Top Voice in the career space in 2019, HR Weekly’s Top 100 Most Influential People in HR, named the owner of the “best resume writing firm for experienced executives” by Balance Careers and a “top follow” by JobScan in 2019 and 2020.

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