Research shows that when people work with a positive mind-set, performance on nearly every level—productivity, creativity, engagement—improves. Yet the correlation between happiness and performance is perhaps not so easily understood by many. For one, most people believe that success precedes happiness, but, because success is a moving target, the happiness that results from success is fleeting.  Instead people who cultivate a positive mind-set perform better in the face of a challenge. In a meta-analysis of 225 academic studies, researchers found strong evidence of directional causality between life satisfaction and successful business outcomes.
What is even more encouraging is that even though our genetics and our environment have an impact on how happy we are, our general sense of well-being is surprisingly malleable. Our habits, our interactions with coworkers, our attitude towards stress—all these aspects can be managed to increase our happiness and our chances of success. Habits such as taking short breaks and constantly having a positive engagement with coworkers not only reduce stress substantially but also enhance our productivity and thus better our prospects of professional success. Accordingly, encouraging employees to accept some level of stress as an inevitability and perceive it as a motivator and a fuel to growth, is vital for boosting the performance of the workforce.
According to the passage, which of the following is true?
  • a)
    Most people use success to measure their happiness.
  • b)
    Even when the situation is tough, a positive outlook can trick the brain in to believing otherwise.
  • c)
    One of the most important ways of boosting employee performance is encouraging them to accept some level of stress as a part of the job.
  • d)
    Developing common habits with coworkers can help reduce stress significantly.
  • e)
    When happiness is triggered by success, it is anything but everlasting.
Correct answer is option 'E'. Can you explain this answer?

GMAT Question

By PUNITH KAMINI S · Mar 24, 2020 ·GMAT
Mittul Madaan answered Apr 06, 2020
Passage Analysis
Summary and Main Point
Pre-Thinking
This is a Detail question. Keep crossing out answer choices that are not explicitly stated in the passage and choose the one for which you can directly refer to a portion in the passage.
Answer Choices
A
Most people use success to measure their happiness.
Incorrect: Out Of Scope
The author says that most people think success comes before happiness and not that they use it as a tool to measure happiness.
B
Even when the situation is tough, a positive outlook can trick the brain in to believing otherwise.
Incorrect: Out Of Scope
Although the author does state that a positive outlook helps perform better in the face of an obstacle/challenge, there is no mention of how the same is achieved- whether by tricking the brain our changing the way we perceive the challenge is not discussed. However, given the contents of the passage, it is most likely in the latter way.
C
One of the most important ways of boosting employee performance is encouraging them to accept some level of stress as a part of the job.
Incorrect: Out Of Scope
The author does consider it an important way but there is no information given on whether it is one of the “most important” ways.
D
Developing common habits with coworkers can help reduce stress significantly.
Incorrect: Out Of Scope
Habits and interactions with co-workers are listed as two separate aspects and the author does not build or indicate towards a combination of the two.
E
When happiness is triggered by success, it is anything but everlasting.
Correct
This statement states the same thing as the following statement made by the author in the first paragraph:
but, because success is a moving target, the happiness that results from success is fleeting.

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Our habits, our interactions with coworkers, our attitude towards stressall these aspects can be managed to increase our happiness and our chances of success. Habits such as taking short breaks and constantly having a positive engagement with coworkers not only reduce stress substantially but also enhance our productivity and thus better our prospects of professional success. Accordingly, encouraging employees to accept some level of stress as an inevitability and perceive it as a motivator and a fuel to growth, is vital for boosting the performance of the workforce.According to the passage, which of the following is true?a)Most people use success to measure their happiness.b)Even when the situation is tough, a positive outlook can trick the brain in to believing otherwise.c)One of the most important ways of boosting employee performance is encouraging them to accept some level of stress as a part of the job.d)Developing common habits with coworkers can help reduce stress significantly.e)When happiness is triggered by success, it is anything but everlasting.Correct answer is option 'E'. Can you explain this answer? is done on EduRev Study Group by GMAT Students. The Questions and Answers of Research shows that when people work with a positive mind-set, performance on nearly every levelproductivity, creativity, engagementimproves. Yet the correlation between happiness and performance is perhaps not so easily understood by many. For one, most people believe that success precedes happiness, but, because success is a moving target, the happiness that results from success is fleeting. Instead people who cultivate a positive mind-set perform better in the face of a challenge. In a meta-analysis of 225 academic studies, researchers found strong evidence of directional causality between life satisfaction and successful business outcomes.What is even more encouraging is that even though our genetics and our environment have an impact on how happy we are, our general sense of well-being is surprisingly malleable. Our habits, our interactions with coworkers, our attitude towards stressall these aspects can be managed to increase our happiness and our chances of success. Habits such as taking short breaks and constantly having a positive engagement with coworkers not only reduce stress substantially but also enhance our productivity and thus better our prospects of professional success. Accordingly, encouraging employees to accept some level of stress as an inevitability and perceive it as a motivator and a fuel to growth, is vital for boosting the performance of the workforce.According to the passage, which of the following is true?a)Most people use success to measure their happiness.b)Even when the situation is tough, a positive outlook can trick the brain in to believing otherwise.c)One of the most important ways of boosting employee performance is encouraging them to accept some level of stress as a part of the job.d)Developing common habits with coworkers can help reduce stress significantly.e)When happiness is triggered by success, it is anything but everlasting.Correct answer is option 'E'. 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In a meta-analysis of 225 academic studies, researchers found strong evidence of directional causality between life satisfaction and successful business outcomes.What is even more encouraging is that even though our genetics and our environment have an impact on how happy we are, our general sense of well-being is surprisingly malleable. Our habits, our interactions with coworkers, our attitude towards stressall these aspects can be managed to increase our happiness and our chances of success. Habits such as taking short breaks and constantly having a positive engagement with coworkers not only reduce stress substantially but also enhance our productivity and thus better our prospects of professional success. Accordingly, encouraging employees to accept some level of stress as an inevitability and perceive it as a motivator and a fuel to growth, is vital for boosting the performance of the workforce.According to the passage, which of the following is true?a)Most people use success to measure their happiness.b)Even when the situation is tough, a positive outlook can trick the brain in to believing otherwise.c)One of the most important ways of boosting employee performance is encouraging them to accept some level of stress as a part of the job.d)Developing common habits with coworkers can help reduce stress significantly.e)When happiness is triggered by success, it is anything but everlasting.Correct answer is option 'E'. Can you explain this answer? over here on EduRev! Apart from being the largest GMAT community, EduRev has the largest solved Question bank for GMAT.
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