This book was assigned as "Summer reading" to my 15yo son, who has a really hard time reading anything, period. He began the experience by telling me how unfair it was that he had to read at all during the Summer; but after 15 minutes, he started telling me I needed to "read" it myself. That continued all through the rest of the book ... I can't imagine a better recommendation.
positive, helpful, relatable
The list of things you can do to improve your positivity.
I think he brings an enthusiasm to the reading that wouldn't have been there otherwise. He obviously cares about what he's writing about.
Kind of. I needed some time to implement what I was learning in between sections though.
I found this extremely helpful and practical for my everyday life. Also liked how Achor backs everything up with research.
the material in here is really good, but the author reads so quickly that it was hard to follow at times. slow down, buddy!
the skills and techniques are easily applicable.
read too fast.
Not sure. First 45 minutes was not necessary at all.
Less talk about research studies. The ideas were lost.
too much research, too many stories.
The audiobook is presented like a research paper and did not make a lasting impact. This made it difficult to remember key takeaway points.
Perhaps a abridged version would be better for listening.
To change the view on life, to become master of it and to see the bright side of everything...it is not only "book for personal growth", it helped me to change my pesimistic attitude to life and to people. I tell you - it's important to be optimistic - not just for me, but even more for my kids...energy is spreading. good or bad. I prefer good.
I laughed sometimes listening to the book. to go to sleep with jogging dress...to see youself as grandmother would see you...what matters is how I interpret my life.
it's like you would be talking to him - it is ieasy and funny to listen the story, his flow of mind...
oh no, no cry. laugh then and after...:)
It's funny and thought provoking all at the same time!
Shawn is a masterful storyteller.
Remembering 3 things we are grateful each day helps us to scan the world for what is right!
I feel bad being so negative about a book on positive psychology, but I really had a hard time with this book. The Happiness Advantage should have been at least half as long as it was. The first 45 or so minutes were devoted to the author "selling" the book to me (I'm already reading it-- I'm game) and much of the book was extremely redundant. Overall, there were far too many extraneous self-indulgent, dull or tangential anecdotes for my taste. I liked a lot of the strategies the author presented, but I felt like I could have gotten the same benefit from reading a long article about the topic.
When it came to the audio, I found the narration (by the author) extremely unpleasant. It may just be personal taste, but I had trouble staying engaged because everything had the same, repeated cadence. I also felt the tone was a bit condescending, but that may be my personal frustration with the book showing through.
Overall, there are many books on implementing positive psychology in one's work, like those by Kim Cameron, which I would recommend instead of this one.
Shawn Achor has a way with words, and a simple easy to absorb style, with an irresistible sense of humour. This book has inspired me to make the seven (simple and realistic) changes I need to live a more content life! I will be recommending this book to everyone I know!
I enjoyed the way he made the information accessible to everyone, simple, funny, realistic, and inspirational! Simple not to be confused with uninformative, this book is jammed with highly useful information, research, and real life tips. Shawn is able to convey the information in a way that shifts your whole persepective on the ways you have looked at everything prior to reading this. Definitely got my rose 'tinted' glasses on now!