1. Meaningfulness and Purpose
Our Meaning and Purpose is the light that guides us through the mist and miasma that obscures the way. It is the inner compass that points to true north. Finding meaning and purpose is critical to living a life full of happiness and fulfilment, despite the ever-changing world. Linking what we are doing to our meaning and purpose, touching our soul, gives us a ‘turbo’ boost to do whatever it takes to achieve our goals, outcomes and impact. Having meaning and purpose in our personal and professional lives, gives us greater clarity and direction.
Without meaning and purpose we can feel overwhelmed by the small things, which in turn affects our performance. Knowing that there is meaningfulness and purpose increases our unconscious awareness, our motivation, engages our soul and spirit and hence our commitment, drive, determination, passion and ultimately our performance. Having that meaningfulness and purpose also engages and ignites others and hence has an even greater effect.
Our mind is more open when we are happy. When we are happy, we are in a loving state, we feel more open, lighter, fluid, flexible, calm and excited. We see the world and our own issues, challenges and unknowns as an Adventure. When we are being Authentic we are more calm, and this brings our innovative, creative and ‘anything is possible’ core ‘enabling’ beliefs to the surface: I am utterly safe; I am great at my job; I am loved; I am being the best I can be; I live in a world of known and unknown opportunities
When we are not happy, our mind is closed. We become more judgemental and critical. Noise quickly comes into our heads and some of our ‘limiting’ beliefs enter our minds: I am not loved; I am not in control; I can’t do this; I am not good enough. Fear enters our whole being: mind, spirit, heart, soul and body.
The potential for fulfilment, health, happiness, impact and performance resides first in the mind, tuning into our spirit and soul. We work harder when we are happy. We go the full nine yards or that extra mile. We use time more effectively, which increases our pace without sacrificing quality and also increases our performance.
Everything on the outside starts with something on the inside. How we react to situations is influenced by our brain; from our past experiences, from our current consciousness and openness for all possibilities, and hunger for the unknown. Our perception of the world, and how we make sense of it, will stem from our awareness / consciousness. This Awareness determines who we are. When we align our minds with our heart, soul, body and spirit, we feel a strong sense of ‘Alignment’ that enables us to experience and understand the core of who we are, and therefore provides that sense of happiness or fulfilment, and we are in our ‘quiet power’. With this awareness of what we are feeling and how we are feeling, knowing how those feelings are driven by our mind, we can then be proactive in ‘how I want to be’ and perform from this place. We then feel in charge, focused, bold and courageous, enabling us to perform at our very best and beyond what’s expected.
When we are living our values, are aligned with our soul, are being who we really are and feeling happy, our behaviours will drive the results, outcomes, impact and performance that we aspire to have. We feel a deep sense of Authenticity. Our behaviours (spoken and unspoken words, body language, energies and presence) will have a direct impact and influence on others. Positive behaviours are engaging. They create energy, respect and collaboration – a coming together of intellectual minds, values, and activities behind a common goal or purpose, which again lead to increased performance. When others acknowledge such behaviours through positive reinforcement, even greater and faster performance can be achieved. True exponential growth and performance will be achieved versus linear growth and expected performance.
The environment in which we operate can affect our behaviour, if we are not aware and don’t take charge. When we experience negative, low energy, or undesirable behaviour from others, and are not aware, it is easier to blame the other person’s behaviour than to look at the environment, or our own behaviour, that could have caused that behaviour. Creating the right environment will generate better energy and satisfaction, will encourage high performing behaviour and therefore much greater performance.
5. Chemical Effects
There are four key hormones that have a positive effect in boosting the feelings of happiness and emotional well-being: Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins and Oxytocin.
Dopamine stimulates happiness and excitability, whilst also having a positive impact on other areas such as memory, sleep, concentration and motivation. Serotonin impacts our mood, with too low a level being linked to illnesses such as depression. Endorphins act as the body’s natural painkillers and are known to be released through exercise, therefore helping to relieve stress and tension. Oxytocin is known as the ‘love hormone’ and is associated with feelings of pleasure.
Having a healthy life style; the food we eat, the quality of our sleep, the connections we have with others and our environment, the amount of exercise we do etc. are all triggers that release and regulate these hormones and help to provide us with a sense of happiness. When we have these things in balance we are aligning ourselves at a chemical, emotional, physical and spiritual level.
Our clients insights into why happiness and knowing who you are, increases performance: