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)
Informative, compelling and inspiring! Shawn Anchor speaks with authority on a subject that he is obviously passionate about and his first hand experiences that support the underlying premise of happiness leading to success not vice versa make it all the more credible.
Recommended for anyone in an organization that wants to make change. Refreshing concepts that turn traditional thinking on its head. Great listen.
I felt inspired to start making some big changes in my life after reading this book..
The anecdotes and stories are what make the book relatable. It made me feel like I too can inject some positivity into my life and become more successful in my relationships and my work.
As an entrepreneur and CEO, I found this book relevant and insightful. It hit big topics and followed up with practical tips we can apply in our own lives. My only criticism is a few chapters seemed to go off topic, but those can easily be skipped. In short, the premise of this book is happiness brings success, not the other way around. The book then exposes how we sacrifice happiness and success as we pursue success alone.
"Reading" this book has inspired me in all areas of my life. As a counselor, I know many of these principals already, but I needed to be reminded that positive psychology is real, research proven stuff that I actually have power to change. It gave me real, tangible recommendations of how I can become more happy in life, work and home. Thanks Shawn!
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