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
"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)
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.
Shawn Achor - the author!
Yes. I am listening to it over and over and over. I learn something new each time.
Best book I have bought. I am about to become that annoying Happiness Advantage missionary. This message must be spread!
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!
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
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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