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The Happiness Advantage Audiobook
The Happiness Advantage
Written by: 
Shawn Achor
Narrated by: 
Shawn Achor
The Happiness Advantage Audiobook

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

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Publisher's Summary

Our most commonly held formula for success is broken.

Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe.

In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG - to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work.

Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, he shows us how we can capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential.

©2010 Shawn Achor (P)2010 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Shawn Achor is funny, self-deprecating, and devastating to my notions of what his field is all about…. I'm butter to his knife." (The Boston Globe)

"Achor bases his training on a burgeoning body of research on the positive psychology movement, which emphasizes instilling resiliency and positive attitudes." (The Wall Street Journal)

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    kyle 04-16-15
    kyle 04-16-15

    I listen to books on my work commute!

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    "Very inspirational"

    I love this book!
    Sean Achor is a great narrator, the concepts are logical and easy to follow. This book has made a positive impact in my life.

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    Rafael Montes 03-18-15
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    "Excellent concept and practical"

    Excellent book with practical concepts and exercises. The book is also full of examples to support a better understand in personal and professional life.

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    "A great framework"

    I loved the book, but then I'm biased as i loved anything to do with positive psychology.

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    Jon 03-08-15
    Jon 03-08-15
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    "Truly a wonder book"

    It really gave my attitude the needed positive adjustment! One point to pay attention to is "positive social investment". Ex Google

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    connie l blanchard 03-03-15
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    "great"

    GREAT an excellent book my whole family looks forward to listening to each day. well written!

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    Amazon Customer 02-27-15
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    "Read this book or don't talk to me!"
    What did you love best about The Happiness Advantage?

    I started with the TED talk, read The Orange Frog and now am repeatedly devouring The Happiness Advantage.
    It will blow your mind and your mind NEEDS to be blown! There are so many amazing points and perspective changing concepts.
    Even if you are already happy, it will expand that happy and show you how to spread it, how to implement it and how to benefit from it.
    We are around unhappy people - you just can't avoid them. This book will teach you how they got stuck that way and strategies to help them create their own happiness.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shawn Achor - the author!


    Which character – as performed by Shawn Achor – was your favorite?

    Shawn Achor!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. I am listening to it over and over and over. I learn something new each time.


    Any additional comments?

    Best book I have bought. I am about to become that annoying Happiness Advantage missionary. This message must be spread!

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    wonderfulcard 02-26-15
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    "Joy, Gratitude, and Community"

    I decided to listen to this book after seeing the TEDTalk and hearing Pastor Ike Reighard mentioned it in a message. As a Christian, I thought I already knew and believed in the importance of joy, gratitude, and community. But this book helped me realize I wasn't living like I did. It showed me how important these things were from another angle and provided practical ways to increase my awareness of opportunities to apply these principles to my life. I'm putting this on my reread list!

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    MarkB 02-25-15
    MarkB 02-25-15
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    "One of my new favorite books"

    I really enjoyed this book. I would say that it is now one of my favorite books. I recommend that everybody should read it.

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    Tamara G. Mcghee 02-21-15

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    "Science to prove what you might already believe"

    About to listen again! I'm a fairly positive person so I enjoy hearing that they have backed up with case studies what seems like uncommon sense!
    Another review mentioned it would have been nice to have more things to try as to implement the principles and I agree

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    W. F. HALLAM Sag Harbor, NY 02-20-15
    W. F. HALLAM Sag Harbor, NY 02-20-15
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    "Science catches up with Law of Attraction"

    Everything I learned here I had already learned from my spiritual teachers but what made it so perfect and satisfying for me was that it corroborated, from a "scientific perspective," all that I already believed as a student of the Law of Attraction, namely like attracts like and our feelings and emotions create our reality.

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