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)
There were detailed stories on the research done that would indicate that you can change your brain, however I was hoping for more of a "how to" book. The stories were very detailed and interesting though. It has given me hope that we can change our brain and make room for more happiness. I'll keep up the research on the how to portion.
I would pull out three hours of the author's self-congratulatory case studies, and coach him a little on how to read his own writing.
I think he was perfect for this book -- moderately professional.
I am a life long learner who likes to think differently.
There are some strong points and his research is endless but he talks too much about how great he is.
Disappointend by the amount of content that was about him.
Absolutely. There's a LOT of information to take in - many, many research studies cited.
The author's story of being duped by psychologists into falling down painfully 300 times thinking he was 'helping the aged'. Hilarious stuff.
The author's sense of humour shines in this book. Although the underlying theme is repetitive, it needs to be to drive it home. This is not a fluffy, positive thinking book, but one based in positive psychology. Very helpful information on how to 'train your brain' for success and, above all, happiness.
It wasn't what i expected. He basically says happier people are more successful, and not the other way around, over and over again
Practical, relevant, inspiring
I have never read anything that compares to this book. It is in a league of its own. I love that it is not just empty assurances that you should act happy or recite affirmations, it explains how the brain works and how to change your thinking so that you can change your results. It is all backed up with the results of experiments and studies that are easy to understand.
He explains 'learned helplessness' and backs it up with the results of experiments. It just made sense and then once you can accept the theory you can see it all around you. The statistics won me over.
Changing how your brain processes your experiences by actively looking for reasons to be grateful. Just by applying this one principle it opens up your eyes to things that were right in front of you the whole time.
I find myself referring to things that I heard in this book whilst discussing a range of other topics. This tells me that I have absorbed the material and it is relevant to the things that I deal with everyday.
Shawn Achor is a delight to listen to. I wish the executives in my company would listen to this.
**Warning** if you aren't happy at your current job, this book will only shed more light to that unfortunate happenstance. However, you can use the methods that Shawn discusses to alleviate your situation.
One of the best - he delivers really helpful information that I feel is actionable in my management goals.
He has a very gentle way about him.
information with inserts of case studies
me lol, the book kept you in constant reflection mode.
consistant in speaking, could have sounded happier though :)
No, audio. Hours of listening.
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