This book puts compelling data behind many of the tools taught in Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People", focusing on Positivity.
I could not get into this book. I tried, but had to abandon it about 1/3rd of the way through. This just isn't a very well written book, which is surprising because the author went to Harvard. For over a decade. And Harvard is for very smart people. I know this, because Anchor tells the listener this over and over again. The introduction to the book references Harvard dozens of times, each time highlighting what elite nature of the institution.
Besides the Harvard references, and associated snickers about lesser Ivy-League schools, Anchor spends far too much time telling me three things: (a) positive psychology is revolutionary, (b) people he expects will not respond to his talks love them, and (c) traditional measures of success do not make us happy. I listened to a third of this book, and that's all I got out of it. Notice what's missing? That's right: the content.
The author keeps selling the listener on his methods. He associates them with Harvard, home of the smartest smart men and women. He tells us how positive psychology has turned the field upside down. He tells us how Africans and bankers use his methods to increase productivity and lead more fulfilling lives. He tells us that the new job, pay raise, degree, or car will not really make us happy – instead being happy will get us a new job, a raise, better grades and a better car. But, like the proverbial fireworks factory, Anchor never tells us his principals.
That's not fair. I assume he does. Eventually. I'm trying to be fair; I understand the need for an introduction. But one that goes on for so long, and is so repetitive is just needless. And after the third or fourth time you hear about how he has traveled the world making people happy it starts to feel a lot like this book is really seven hours of Shawn Anchor bragging. So I bailed.
Finally, notice how this review is a little repetitive, just saying the same thing over and over again? If this bothers you – trust me – do not download this book.
Shawn Achor uses humor, data studies and experience to share 7 key actions we can take to increase our happiness. Fabulous book, easy to read and very insightful.
Not overwhelming in data, Shawn finds that perfect balance in using data to support key principles AND giving you tips and tricks early on in the book. So many books wait until the last 1/3 of the book to give you the "what to do about it!" Shawn spends 3/4 of the book telling you how to create happiness.
Shawn Achor reads his work exceptionally well. If you're on the fence about buying this book, I recommend watching Shawn Achor's TED Talk for an introduction to the author and his work. He gives practical steps to apply the best insights from the field of positive psychology. No self aggrandizement, just helpful tips and insights with a few interesting stories.
I did enjoy listening to this book. Achor pointed out a number of patterns that I see in my own world. I can see how certain habits lead to isolation and exhaustion. He seems somewhat of an odd bird but what do you expect from someone who can tolerate undergrads for more than a decade.
This is my first review on here. The real test of a book is being able to take the principles and it makes a difference. I've started to reframe my thinking inline with some of the principles discussed and it has already impacted my world view (and happiness and contentment as a result).
This is one of my favorite books I've ever listened to from audible. It has great science, interesting studies, AND practical suggestions for applying it to real life. I've already recommended this book to many people and listened to it three times. I am seriously happier after applying just a few of its most simple suggestions. Love it! Thanks Shawn!
A transplanted Englishman, I spend my time on biography, history and military books. I appreciate good English and good narration.
Oh dear, this is the biggest mistake I ever made buying an Audible book!
The author has read his own work and his delivery matches his narrative: he has a shrill voice; he reads as if he is scared of making a mistake; and he reads s l o w l y.
Shawn Anchor is to writing what painting by numbers is to art. He is repetitious; he follows the well worn formula "...think of an example...explain its implications 5 different ways...wait till the reader snores..." His findings are pedestrian; his target audience is elusive; he is verbose; his sense of humor is puerile; and his tendency to involve himself and his life as pristine examples of his contentions is tiring.
This is a term paper for an undergraduate business course...at best. Its 7 hours could have been cut to 30 minutes, but even such dramatic editing would leave little to justify intelligent attention for that period of time.
I'm convinced that before religion people must have looked inside themselves to give them confidence, motivation, and comfort. There is nothing soft about how the author attempts to get the point accross and I would urge anyone that is looking to understand more about the chemical reactions occuring in their bodies affect how they go about dealing with life to read/listen to this book. As someone that is interested in understanding how the intangible drives the tangible I was personally drawn in to the authors narratives and recommendations.
Although the research the author presents in this book is compelling and inspiring, the author’s repetitious reference to his personal accomplishments lost my interest at the mid-point.