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Broadcasting HappinessA positive broadcaster is someone who focuses on the positive in order to motivate others and produce results. In Broadcasting Happiness, Michelle Gielan challenges readers to develop more positive outlooks on life. By capitalizing on positivity, positive broadcasters can change the trajectories of their families, companies, and communities. Journalists in particular should focus on the positive and practice transformative journalism by offering a more complete picture of what is happening in the world. By making the choice to see the good in life and share it, anyone can broadcast happiness.

According to Gielan:

  • Everyone is a broadcaster. A person’s friends, family, and coworkers are his or her audience. Positive broadcasters can influence the thinking, happiness, and potential of others.
  • When a person speaks up and broadcasts a new vision for the future, the result is positive change. Positive broadcasters leverage positivity and optimism through the use of power leads, flash memories, and leading questions.
  • Negativity can be contagious and can affect a person’s stress levels, health, and productivity. Positive broadcasters overcome stress and negativity by fact-checking situations, engaging in strategic retreats, and delivering bad news with the four Cs.
  • A group’s culture is based on the stories that they tell themselves. The more a positive story spreads, the more people it influences. By going viral, a positive broadcaster can unlock his or her full potential.
  • Journalists can and should make the move toward transformative journalism. Journalists should choose optimistic, emotional stories; tell the whole story; and engage the public.

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How to Be HappyIn How to Be Happy, Liggy Webb explores the meaning of happiness and provides a toolkit of approaches and techniques to build confidence and resilience in order to become a healthier and happier person. Her comprehensive treatment explains the key elements leading to happiness, including the importance of a positive attitude, being the best that you can be, maintaining physical and mental fitness, handling stress, managing change, developing resiliency, engaging in lifelong learning, nurturing positive relationships, appreciating life and its gifts, cultivating kindness, and loving and serving others.

According to Webb:

  • Happiness is a journey, not a destination. You can make the decision to be happier, if you really want it. Achieving happiness takes practice and the ability to work out your own plan for accomplishing it.
  • In defining happiness, it is important to appreciate what you have. Do not let a constant, undefined search divert you from that. “How can I become happier?” is probably a better question than “Am I happy?”
  • Developing and sustaining a positive mental attitude is the key to health and happiness. When faced with a problem, view it as an opportunity and seek out possibilities and solutions.
  • Be open and positive toward change, occasionally stepping out of your comfort zone. Understand the emotions that change can bring and learn to deal with them. Challenge your own limiting beliefs, develop your self-confidence, and believe in yourself.
  • Investing in good health is essential. Exercise every day, drink lots of water, and eat a healthy diet.
  • Learn to limit and manage stress. Be assertive in your communications and dealings, seek the benefits in change, and avoid imposing stress on yourself. Become resilient by turning problems into opportunities.
  • Constant learning promotes mental health and happiness. Learn in multiple ways, improve memory skills, teach others what you have learned, and put what you have learned into practice.
  • Cultivate positive, nurturing relationships. Accept and celebrate differences, develop your communications skills, be more understanding and empathetic, and treat others as you would have them treat you.
  • Sustainable happiness requires finding your own work-home balance. Be sure to establish priorities and manage your time more effectively.
  • Gratitude is an indispensable aspect of health, wholeness, and well-being. Decide to be grateful and wake up with that attitude. Focus on giving and cultivate the habit of saying “thank you.”
  • *The key to a happy life is identifying and pursuing your own purpose, with the intent of making the world a better place. Lead by example, respect and value others, commit random acts of kindness, and support charities.

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Do Cool ShtContrary to popular belief, it is possible for people to have enjoyable careers and work with like-minded people who share their interests. In Do Cool Sh*t, Miki Agrawal, a young, successful entrepreneur, shares her journey of finding work she loves rather than working only to make money. For her, making money is not how she defines success. Rather, success is about doing the absolute best with the capabilities a person has rather than putting in hours in exchange for a paycheck and a boring existence. Her belief is that people truly can have it all.

According to Agrawal:

  • People who step outside their existing social networks to make new connections may find it difficult at first, but it could create opportunities to meet potential investors for new business ventures. Without taking chances, these connections will never be made.
  • Before asking for something, it is important for individuals to first understand exactly what they want. Clear proposals will make recipients more accepting of the “ask.”
  • Although there is a place for passion, entrepreneurs also need to stop and identify what they are good at. It is difficult to be successful in a venture without the skill set to back it up.
  • Opportunities do not have to be strictly entrepreneurial–there is also an “intrapreneurial” approach where people expand their reach with their existing employers by growing their internal programs. This can only happen in work environments where creative thinking is encouraged.
  • Part of the journey to success includes creating a list of admirable people. Entrepreneurs must connect personally with the people they admire in order find mentors who can help them launch their businesses.
  • Teams are vital to success. Not investing the time to hire the right people can result in constantly re-hiring and training new people.
  • If people are not willing to change the way they do business, they will never get the chance to experience new things. New experiences are vital for achieving success.
  • The type of communities people spend time with strongly influence the types of people they become. Part of creating new lifestyles and mindsets involves finding new people with whom to spend time.

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Research has shown that when employees are focused and fully engaged, they are more productive at work. In Contented Cows Still Give Better Milk, Bill Catlette and Richard Hadden suggest that employees are more likely to happily work to the best of their abilities when their employers adopt leadership habits that make the organization a great place to work. They describe the practices that have helped top companies hire, cultivate, and retain satisfied employees that are dedicated to building wealth.

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Related book summaries in the BBS library: Happiness at Work, Make Work Great, Love ’em or Lose ’em

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The old saw says that money cannot buy happiness. But what about the reverse? Does happiness matter in the workplace? In Happiness at Work, Jessica Pryce-Jones demonstrates that happy employees are more successful in a variety of indicators, including promotion, motivation, efficiency, and health. Happy employees contribute more, stay in their positions longer, and are better to work with. Furthermore, happiness is neither mysterious nor intangible—there are numerous strategies that individuals and businesses can adopt to enhance the happiness of their workplaces. In today’s economic climate, everyone in business should be looking to tap into this vast, often poorly understood human resource.

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