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The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work | [Shawn Achor]

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

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.
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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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    john gardner, ma, United States 12-30-13
    john gardner, ma, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Shawn Achor Goes to Harvard"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    After about 1 hour into this book, I have learned Shawn went to Harvard, works at Harvard, Harvard people are smarter than everyone else, and he must be right because dummies like me who didn't go to Harvard forked over money to him. Oh yeah and he gets to go to interesting places because he went to Harvard too!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Shawn Achor again?

    No thanks, there is no substance here


    What three words best describe Shawn Achor’s voice?

    OK


    What character would you cut from The Happiness Advantage?

    Shawn


    Any additional comments?

    If you went to Harvard this must be a great alum cheering exercise. I sure wish I went to Harvard so I can tell people I am among the smartest people in the world. I feel sorry for the non Ivy Leaguers like me who just go to ordinary colleges and are not as smart. That is about all I got out of this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Grogan 04-19-13
    T. Grogan 04-19-13 Member Since 2006

    I've always been a voracious reader of both fiction and non-fiction. I don't have a "favorite genre" - I just like good books. I especially like audio books that are well read.

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    "Excruciatingly painful to listen to"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If someone other than the author had read the book it probably would have been worth a 4 star rating. The author is obviously an intelligent, creative individual. The author is very obviously NOT an actor. You could actually hear the author READ the punctuation. There was nothing natural in the reading of this book. To be honest, I couldn't listen to the entire thing.


    Has The Happiness Advantage turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm not turned off by books in this genre, but I will be careful downloading books narrated by their authors.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shawn Achor?

    Peter Clines or Yann Mmartel would have been excellent.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.. definitely


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce La Luz, NM, United States 11-06-12
    Joyce La Luz, NM, United States 11-06-12
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    "Waste of credit"
    Would you try another book from Shawn Achor and/or Shawn Achor?

    No


    Has The Happiness Advantage turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I thought it was a Wayne Dyer type of book. I wrongly assumed "at work" meant in action and not at your job! I will just be more careful in choosing next time.


    Did Shawn Achor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It was mostly boring statistics and no new ideas


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    taught me to choose more carefully. If you are very pessimistic, it might be what you need to start your journey toward being more optimistic?


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    jesse PRINEVILLE, OR, United States 05-22-12
    jesse PRINEVILLE, OR, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2012

    I love a good story, especially one with a bit of a dark side.

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    "One of the best audiobooks available!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Love the book and think everyone should read (or listen) to it.


    What does Shawn Achor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Shawn is an absolute expert in the field and holds your attention the whole book through.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Happiness Advantage?

    I am currently working on my master's degree in industrial organizational psychology and this book is totally applicable to my studies.


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    Richard Morgan Hill, CA, United States 08-07-11
    Richard Morgan Hill, CA, United States 08-07-11 Member Since 2006
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    "O.K. topic"

    First audiobook that I couldn't get through it. His voice is too adolescent sounding. Just grated on me. Too bad. I can't understand all of the other high ratings.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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