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The Happiness Advantage Audiobook

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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    lmwr 10-31-14
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    What disappointed you about The Happiness Advantage?

    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.


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    John R. Gilbreath 08-13-14
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    "An hour of great content in a seven hour book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


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

    I think he was perfect for this book -- moderately professional.


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    Daniel Flynn Cambridge, MA United States 12-02-13
    Daniel Flynn Cambridge, MA United States 12-02-13

    I am a life long learner who likes to think differently.

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    "Too much about the author"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    There are some strong points and his research is endless but he talks too much about how great he is.


    What was most disappointing about Shawn Achor’s story?

    Disappointend by the amount of content that was about him.


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    Bianca 10-01-13
    Bianca 10-01-13
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    Would you listen to The Happiness Advantage again? Why?

    Absolutely. There's a LOT of information to take in - many, many research studies cited.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Happiness Advantage?

    The author's story of being duped by psychologists into falling down painfully 300 times thinking he was 'helping the aged'. Hilarious stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    eric Croydon, Pa, United States 08-25-13
    eric Croydon, Pa, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't what i expected. He basically says happier people are more successful, and not the other way around, over and over again

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    Bronwyn 07-19-13
    Bronwyn 07-19-13
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    "Explains the 'why' and inspired me to apply it"
    If you could sum up The Happiness Advantage in three words, what would they be?

    Practical, relevant, inspiring


    What other book might you compare The Happiness Advantage to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Evan Sherman oaks, CA, United States 06-30-13
    Evan Sherman oaks, CA, United States 06-30-13
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    "Informative methodologies backed by research."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Colleen Barry Boston, MA United States 05-19-13
    Colleen Barry Boston, MA United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing info you can use every day"
    Where does The Happiness Advantage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best - he delivers really helpful information that I feel is actionable in my management goals.


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

    He has a very gentle way about him.


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    Donna Grand Ledge, Mi, United States 05-07-13
    Donna Grand Ledge, Mi, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful,interesting and helpful"
    What did you love best about The Happiness Advantage?

    information with inserts of case studies


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    me lol, the book kept you in constant reflection mode.


    What about Shawn Achor’s performance did you like?

    consistant in speaking, could have sounded happier though :)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, audio. Hours of listening.


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    Jeremy Davenport, IA, United States 04-24-13
    Jeremy Davenport, IA, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Life Changing Advice..."

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. Life changing advice with great research to back it up.

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