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The Happiness Advantage Audiobook

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance 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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    A solid reminder if what's most important, supported by interesting science and many
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    This is complete bull shit. Pay money for this and get nothing in return wtf.

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    This book was a great reminder of the things that matter in life and a good framework of how to get them. I wish there were more specific references/citations to some of the studies in regards to when they took place and where to find the published studies. But it was a great book and I highly recommend it.

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    For those of you truly struggling with happiness despite being what society would call "successful," I recommend this book for you. I sincer

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    "a practical guide to positive thinking"

    if you are a doubter that's okay if you want to be grumpy and sad that's tour choice but if you want to be different try being positive every day now my 5 year old chants at the dinner table "You start" and so it commences we go round the table each one of us having to find 3 things to be grateful for that Brin us happiness

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    Relevant and applicable ideas, but the author was a bit annoying. Great read overall. The takeaways are definitely worth the endurance of hearing Harvard University mentioned in every other sentence.

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    If only everyone could, Ingest then digest!
    The happiness advantage is extremely important for everyone to understand!

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    "I want my whole family to read this."

    Happiness is a precursor to success not a by product. Many valuable insights applicable to gospel and way I hope to be leading my life. Plus it is interesting and funny.

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    I wish I had read this book in the beginning of my PhD. It gives practical and simple tips that although do not make any miracle, provide small, progressive and lasting improve in life quality. The author makes a very good job not only explaining what to do, but why to do it and why it makes sense. It points to reliable sources of knowledge, which works as a convincing argument to take what he is saying seriously.<br/><br/>The narrative is clear and entertaining. The narrator's voice is clear which allows easily to listen at high speeds ( I usually listen at 2x speed).<br/><br/>Very nice book, very helpful and entertaining. I highly recommend it.

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