This is not just another positive thinking book. It presents solid evidence that proves that we are really at our best when we are happy. Not only that, but our happiness has a ripple effect on all those around us. It may sound like common sense, and in truth we know this innately. Unfortunately, some of us corporate executive types forget this as we analyze facts and figures and are constantly focused on increasing sales and doubling productivity. In seven principles and a humorous and often self-deprecating style, the author helps us to look at the level of happiness we allow ourselves to exhibit and presents concrete ways to improve on it. Great job, Shawn Achor. Thanks for showing me that I really do take myself too seriously sometimes!
I wish this were mandatory reading for kids in high school. I found it fascinating, the author/narrator quite pleasant and the material inspiring. There are lots of suggestions for people who are not naturally "happy". It's very inspiring to hear about all of the positive results from the many studies quoted in the book.
This was a great audiobook.
The content is enlightening, and the manner in which it is delivered is great. It would often elicit a chuckle or at the very least a genuine smile from me.
Well worth a listen!
I highly recommend this work. The insights are new and worthy and is filled with integrity. I see and act on the world in a new light after listening to this book....and will listen to it many more times so I can absorb all its wisdom. If you want to believe that there is a better way to live and act on the world, then listen to this book, it will make your heart sing with relief.
I will suggest to my friends and family that this is a must read. If we apply the principles contained in this book it should be life changing.
Shawn Achor supports his ideas through his own research as well as piggy backing off of the research of others. Either way, he has strong evidence that suggests happy people are generally more successful rather than successful people are generally happy. He doesn't stop there. Achor goes on to empower the reader by suggesting proven strategies to turn that frown upside down. It's not just positive self-help gobbly-gook. Take a look. Try it out. Be happy, and be more successful because of it!
This was an easy listening commensense description and application of positive pyschology and its potential. Nothing new but packaged in an easy to access and useful way. The author's own experiences as a scholar and practitioner added a depth that brought the principles to life.
As other reviewers have correctly noted, this is not a "quick fix" book, where if you simply adopt a few techniques you will be incredibly rich and the idol of millions. Rather, this book is more concerned with *how* we see things, and as such verges on the realm of philosophy at times.
I'm checking out reviews in search of a new book, but now I'm wondering how much I should really trust you guys. Four stars for this book -- really?? The Happiness Advantage was my first audiobook and it made me anything but happy. Couldn't even finish it... although I did get through at least half -- and I couldn't tell ya a single 'Principle'. And even though I am new to audiobooks, my take from this one is that authors should hire "professional" narrators -- Achor would be hard to listen to even with good content.