06/21/2011 08:35 am ET | Updated Aug 21, 2011

Happiness And Weight Loss: The Surprising Connection (VIDEO)

For so many of us, happiness seems to be on the other side of weight loss -- I'll be happy once I look a certain way in a bathing suit, or hit a certain number on the scale or achieve a perfectly flat stomach.

But you may be putting the proverbial cart before the horse -- achieving happiness first can actually help you to lose the weight.

"Happiness is actually an advantage. If you can increase your chance of being happy right now, it will increase your chance of being successful in the future," Shawn Achor, author of "The Happiness Advantage" told PopSugarLivingTV in this interview.

And Achor and health and fitness host Dr. Zelana Montminy, Psy.D. have some concrete and simple ways to boost your happiness -- and maybe your weight loss power-- right now.