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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 organisations 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 capitalise on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximise our potential.

©2010 Copyright © Shawn Achor 2010 (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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 emphasises instilling resiliency and positive attitudes." (The Wall Street Journal)

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very good read

happiness advantage is a good read and the examples sheared are very thought provoking, this introduced me to the concept of positive pyschology.

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Wonderful guidance for everyday fulfilment

The guidance in the book is so wonderful, one has to listen twice! I've found the principles invaluable. Thank you Shawn - Edwin (South Africa)

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Simple and powerful

The book was an engaging read and one that I would recommend to all leaders. I started to reflect on my own previous successes at work when team performance was outstanding and realized that these ingredients were responsible for our success. The next step would be to cultivate the habit of regularly using the 7 principles.

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Change ur perspective to life as whole

What made the experience of listening to The Happiness Advantage the most enjoyable?

When my time has come and i look back at life i want to see a majority it representing happiness and love and not just anxiety, stress , and money. <br/>Applying the approach that Shawn talks about will help me come closer to living a great , wholesome and happy life filled with loving and pleasant memories.

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Informative and an enjoyable read

Provided some good strategies relating to Positive Psychology. With the author as narrator his passion and energy shone through and added to the total listening experience.
I also bought the Kindle version for easy reference in the future.

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  • miss
  • 09-20-15

Loved every minute of this book

Really thankful to Shawn for writing and narrating this book and sharing all of his fantastic work and years of hard research with us. The principles provide practical advise for putting into practice all of the "common sense" that isn't "common action" here's to the ripple effect!

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  • Biomassman
  • 07-22-16

Life changing

Sharing his personal stories, summarising the nuggets of years of research, the simplicity of the model; all things I liked.
I would recommend this book to everyone.
I enjoyed his TED talk and this book did not disappoint.

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  • 08-29-16

The good news

This book has already helped me a lot with my depression. It doesn't set out to do any such thing, but I found the scientifically-backed ideas for being happier and enjoying work more couldn't help but have an impact on my mood and relationships. I've just finished it and I'm going back to start it again.

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  • BueBlazer
  • 12-07-17

A brilliant book with fantastic advice

I've listened to this book twice now and it's fantastic. Great advice backed with scientific evidence showing how success is related to our levels of happiness, rather than the other way round.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-17

Brilliant listen!

fantastic audiobook, love the studies sited and how relatable it is to every human being.

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  • JedHoll
  • 10-10-17

Wish every book could be this good

I couldn’t recommend this book highly enough. If you’re deciding - go look at the author’s awesome TED talk. If you want more of the same then this is the book for you.

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  • Duncan Dale
  • 09-13-17

The One

This should be compulsory reading. All hard scientifically-based, no pseudoscientific guff; basically the keys to happiness for everyone.

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  • Charlie Gillespie
  • 09-08-17

4.5. Brilliant book

This book has given me a fascination with positive psychology, it's hard to believe making these 7 slight changes to your life can have such a huge impact on your work & social life. A great book for someone on the path to self development.

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  • Matthew J Heyhoe
  • 08-10-17

Fantastic!

Friend recommended that I listen to this. He was 100% right. Absolutely fantastic - interesting, funny and thought provoking.

Have already shared it with several friends.

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  • Nivia
  • 02-26-17

A must to feel happier

This is the first time I heard such an inspiring audiobook on the subject. It not only talks about the theory but also gives you real examples of easy steps to have a more fulfilling career and personal life.

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  • Alan
  • 03-25-17

excellent wrap up of positive psychology

If you could sum up The Happiness Advantage in three words, what would they be?

integrates positive psychology

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

Flourish, Flow, Positivity, Authentic Happiness, Love 2.0, could all be read to deepen the surface understanding gained through reading the Happiness Advantage

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a great synthesis of current research and theory in positive psychology. covers all the major contributors to the field and their research and findings set in the context of the author's life stories and experiences.

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  • fabiola
  • 03-24-17

inspiring!!

well written backed w lots of research findings & gives useful practical advice. thank you author.

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  • Lauren
  • 02-22-17

Fantastic! Very practical solutions

Very practical solutions for personal and professional development and success, especially if you're a people leader at work

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  • Sally McMahon
  • 02-19-17

love the science of the contagion of positivity

a really insightful and evidence based book that looks deeper than surface level happiness.A great book

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  • Alicia
  • 01-06-17

Loved it!! Can't wait to listen again. !!

Such timely and priceless advice. All the tools you need to succeed, are handed to you on a silver platter.

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  • Aaron
  • 05-26-16

A well written and read book with some great tips

loved it & have already listened to it twice! highly recommended! have already quoted it multiple times.

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  • larry Redmond
  • 04-06-16

Lovely

Loved it. But now I need more words to submit. Really this is all. Init

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  • Andrew M
  • 12-13-15

One of the best self help books I've ever had

This book is fantastic. It cuts to the core of the problem and explains why we get into bad mental paces and how to get out of them. I'm going through a personal financial, divorce and business meltdown right now and this book has really got me thinking more positively. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and have a long wish list, I'm very glad I got this book.

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  • Matt
  • 08-03-15

Brilliant

Perfect for anyone looking to improve their life and performance - specifically at work! Will definitely listen again.

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  • 09-08-16

Brilliant

I have always been a naturally positive person, which drove much of my achievements over my life. More recently experienced some really life shattering things that sent me into a downward spiral that challenged my entire outlook on life. This book helped me rediscover my positivity and gave me confidence in the benefit of staying positive.

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