Happiness Affects Success: #ROW80

I usually try to say something insightful, inspiring, or entertaining on Sundays when I post my ROW80 progress for the week. However, a friend recommended I watch the following video, and it was so awesome I wanted to share. Shawn Achor, a researcher and teacher of positive psychology, speaks about “The happy secret to better work.”

I haven’t always felt this way, but I would definitely describe myself now as a happy person. There is always room for improvement, but I am very blessed gal. Here’s what I have to be happy about this week.

  • Edit 50 pages per week of my young adult contemporary novel, SHARING HUNTER MILLS. I can’t count 50 pages because this week I searched the whole manuscript for those unnecessary and passive words and tackled those first. This week, I am also planning to read through Margie Lawson’s DEEP Edits lecture packet, James Scott Bell’s Revision & Self-Editing, and give SmartEdit software a try.
  • Send one agent query per week for SHARING HUNTER MILLS. I emailed another query on Thursday.
  • Finish reading Christopher Voglerโ€™s The Writerโ€™s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. Nope. Nada.
  • Exercise twice a week. I walked quite a bit on Independence Day as part of our community’s parade, andย I attended Zumba class on Thursday. So cross this one off too.
  • Check in with ROW80 participants according to my role as a sponsor for Round 3. I visited several participants, and I’m excited to see who’s in. It should be a great round!

Now you should positively cheer on the other ROWers by clicking HERE. How did your week go?

12 thoughts on “Happiness Affects Success: #ROW80

  1. Yes indeed. Positivity gives you power; happiness will take you higher. Come fly with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Julie, you had some really ambitious goals this week – even though you didn’t hit ’em all, you accomplished a lot! I made all of mine for once this week, mainly because I wasn’t doing much at the end of the last ROW, so I started out small with this one. Have a great week!

  3. Thanks for sharing that video. I was working on a tarot post this week and one of the quotes in the companion book was “sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy” which has really resonated with me. Positive thinking definitely helps put the right foot forward ๐Ÿ™‚

    It looks like you got a lot done and have a fabulous plan in place for the upcoming week. Wishing you all the best.

  4. AWESOME video! I agree 100% with it! (I know what he said is a proven fact, but there’s always someone who doesn’t believe it lol).
    I confess I’m always complaining, but I do try to stop and be thankful and happy, because, honestly, I have nothing not to be happy about. Thanks for sharing the video and reminding me about that ๐Ÿ˜‰
    You’re doing quite well with your goals! Hope you can keep that up! have a great week!

  5. Great video – something everyone should watch. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great accomplishments! You go!

  6. Love the video, thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚
    I bought my first Maggie packet a few weeks ago and am really looking forward to finishing it, but Plot and Structure first ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m looking forward to reading what you think of SmartEdit.
    Fab week, Julie, and another query, that’s the cherry on top

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