The Happiness Advantage

The Happiness Advantage

[the Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work]

Audiobook CD - 2010
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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. Among the principles he outlines:
 

   * The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility, so we can see--and seize--opportunities wherever we look.
   * The Zorro Circle: how to channel our efforts on small, manageable goals, to gain the leverage to gradually conquer bigger and bigger ones.
   * Social Investment: how to reap the dividends of investing in one of the greatest predictors of success and happiness--our social support network

 
A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn't only about how to become happier at work. It's about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2010
ISBN: 9780307749345
Branch Call Number: AB 158.7 ACH 2010
Characteristics: 6 compact discs (7 1/2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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AL_SUMMER Jul 09, 2017

Shawn Achor uses research studies from his positive psychology background and several other fields to demonstrate the impact of our beliefs on success. Simple exercises to reframe our thinking are mixed in with entertaining studies and personal experiences. Although the title suggests this is a business book, several of the anecdotes relate to health, learning, and family life.

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JudithE
Apr 14, 2012

Loved it. Though framed for business, it applies anywhere. Useful, interesting, research-based, occasionally brings really useful "ah ha!"s.

werblow Aug 06, 2011

An elaboration on Positive Mental Attitude but through Harvard studies. I guess that makes it real. I knew that all along. Happiness leads to success not the other way around. You create it by deciding to be positive deep into your every action and then you become successful.

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cdimov
Apr 26, 2011

Good summary of Positive Psychology techniques. Very practical approach. Good summary but not really anything new beyond what the other Positive Psychology books / audiobooks describe.

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