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Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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The Happiness Advantage

The Big Idea for Thursday, December 19, 2013

The "happiness advantage" is how your brain's performance improves at optimal levels of positivity. The advantage, science shows us, is that you have higher energy levels and are more productive when you attain this positivity. 

In today's lesson, Shawn Achor has you consider the following questions:

-What is your definition of "happiness"? 
-Think back to a moment in your career when you felt happy -- what exactly was it about the project or activity that made you happy? 
-Do you consider yourself more of an optimist, a pessimist, or a realist? What role does that play in your happiness at work?


  1. 1 It Pays to be Happy. How Can Joy Be Sustained?
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge
  2. 2 What is Happiness?
    Dan Gilbert
  3. 3 Pursuing Isn't Being: Why The Pursuit of Happiness Might Undermine Being Happy
    Maria Konnikova Artful Choice
  4. 4 The Myth of Happiness
    Sonja Lyubomirsky

The Happiness Advantage

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