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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,709 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shawn Achor Narrator: Shawn Achor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 forty-two 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Achor transports us to his virtual classroom, a journey along which we glean the seven secrets of happiness. The Happiness Advantage reveals the most important discoveries coming out of modern psychology.”

    Rom Brafman, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Click

  • “Shawn Achor is funny, self-deprecating, and devastating to my notions of what his field is all about…I’m butter to his knife.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Achor bases his training on a burgeoning body of research on the positive psychology movement, which emphasizes instilling resiliency and positive attitudes.”

    Wall Street Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shahid Raja | 2/14/2014

    " The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor is another very powerful book which is a must read for anyone who desires to excel in work or life. Achor puts the conventional wisdom that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful then we will be a happy person, on its head. According to him this formula actually works in reverse; happiness fuels success, not the other way round. Using stories and case studies from his work, Achor has crafted seven principles which explain how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work. Rather than stressing how to become happier at work, it is a book about how to reap the benefits of a happier and a more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 2/12/2014

    " Too often we think that we will be happy after a certain thing happens (graduation, new job, kids are potty trained). The author gives examples through psychological studies on how happiness leads to success in life (however you want to define success) and not the other way around. Then he gives action items that can be done to increase happiness daily. I thought this was a really good book and I recommend it to anyone looking to improve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Devin | 2/6/2014

    " I'd give it more like 3.5 stars (It'd be 4 stars except he takes entirely too long to really get into the book). I think everyone would find benefit in reading this book. In general this book talks about/advertises for the field of positive psychology. The main point is that success comes from happiness, not the other way around. The book is full of interesting scientific studies that show how small specific behaviors (for example writing down 3 things you are grateful for on a daily basis) do have a huge effect on our overall positivity and productivity. He gives real practical tools to implement to make ourselves more positive and content with life, which will in turn influence those around us. I liked the combination of stories and science that was effective at keeping the book interesting and informative. I took some notes and plan to implement his strategies to improve my own happiness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Keith Edwards | 2/6/2014

    " A wonderful summary of positive psychology's lessons and suggestions told in a very accessible manner. Achor is a public speaker and trainer and writes with that clarity and directness. He tells great stories full of humor and lessons. "

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