Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change

Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change

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by Shawn Achor, Mike Chamberlain
     
 

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Midwife Sarah Brandt braves the dangers of the tenements in nineteenth-century New York to help the impoverished and, with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, bring the guilty that prey on them to justice. Now, the latest novel in the Edgar®-nominated series finds Sarah compelled to save an expectant mother from a fate worse than death…

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Midwife Sarah Brandt braves the dangers of the tenements in nineteenth-century New York to help the impoverished and, with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, bring the guilty that prey on them to justice. Now, the latest novel in the Edgar®-nominated series finds Sarah compelled to save an expectant mother from a fate worse than death…

Summoned to an elegant house to deliver a baby, Sarah finds her patient is actually in a brothel. The young woman in labor reveals she is being held against her will and forced to prostitute herself—and that the madam intends to get rid of the baby.  

To rescue the new mother and her infant, Sarah secures the assistance of Mrs. Vivian Van Orner, a woman of means known for her charitable work. But their success comes at a high price when Mrs.Van Orner is found murdered.

With Malloy’s help, Sarah’s investigation uncovers some unpleasant truths about the victim and her charity—as well as the woman and child Sarah risked her own life to save…

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“A cleverly written Victorian mystery with a bombshell ending.”—Fresh Fiction
“Enjoyable.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Engaging…A wonderful read.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Thompson's otherwise solid 13th whodunit set at the end of the 19th century in New York City (after 2010's Murder on Lexington Avenue) lags a bit until the appearance of a corpse. Sarah Brandt, an heiress who works by choice as a midwife, gets an urgent summons on behalf of a Mrs. Walker to assist a woman in labor at a house that Sarah belatedly learns is a brothel. After Sarah successfully delivers a baby boy, the terrified mother, Amy Cunningham, begs Sarah to help her escape the clutches of her madam, Rowena Walker. The midwife reaches out to a charitable organization, Rahab's Daughters, which specializes in rescuing fallen women in Amy's straits. When the charity's involvement leads to murder, Sarah's significant other, Det. Sgt. Frank Malloy, can't prevent her from investigating. Thompson does her usual persuasive job in recreating the past. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804127899
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
302,015
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 5.82(h) x 1.14(d)

Meet the Author

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn has become one of the world's leading expert on the connection between happiness and success. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular all time with over 4 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn teaches for the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School, and collaborates on research with Yale and Columbia University.
 
In 2007, Shawn founded Good Think to share his research with the world. Subsequently, Shawn has lectured or researched in 51 countries, speaking to CEOs in China, school children in South Africa, doctors in Dubai, and farmers in Zimbabwe. He has spoken to the Royal Family in Abu Dhabi, doctors at St. Jude Children's Hospital, and worked with the U.S. Department of Health to promote happiness. In 2012, Shawn helped lead the Everyday Matters campaign with the National MS Society and Genzyme to show how happiness remains a choice for those struggling with a chronic illness. 

Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. For seven years, Shawn also served as an Officer of Harvard, living in Harvard Yard and counseling students through the stresses of their first year. Though he now travels extensively for his work, Shawn continues to conduct original psychology research on happiness and organizational achievement in collaboration with Yale University and the Institute for Applied Positive Research.

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Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
all these ratings posted on September 10?, Hmmmm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
X marks the Spot: this book is a treasure.  Shawn Achor revolutionizes the ways we pursue goals with the application of research from the field of positive psychology.  Shawn writes about a concept called the X-spot, where the brain literally kicks into overdrive as it nears a goal.  He gives several strategies for training the brain to accelerate towards goals faster, and I can only imagine the number of manager, coaches and teachers who will find these strategies invaluable and indispensable to their work.  Kudos on another great book Shawn!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Genius!  Shawn Achor has written another mind-blowing book that is certain to challenge your notion of the world.  A must-read for anyone serious about pursuing success. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From his TED talk, I think that Shawn Achor must be a funny guy. And in this book he keeps that same sense of humor and presents the concepts of positive psychology in a fun and easy to understand manner. I've read his first book THE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE too and wasn't sure what else he could add in a second book. He calls this a prequel to that first book and I really enjoyed getting inside his head to see why he felt the need to write a second book (beyond the publish or perish mentality). Knowing that he feels "research is useless unless it is lived" brought the stories and studies in this book to life. My favorite part was about distinguishing what the noise is in our lives...it's hard to figure out what that is, but I have my hand written notes on that section posted above my computer to help me keep his tips in mind and hopefully have a better daily focus. I recommend this book if you HAVE already read his first book or if you HAVEN'T, I think it's a great read for anyone looking to have a better outlook on life. ....or even those that aren't (yet) looking to be happier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being HAPPY is so much important and this book tells how to get you that straight. Shawn talks (yes this book is almost as though he talking to us like in his TEDs. You never feel you are reading) about having a view ahead but with possibilities not impossibilities in mind. Nice read. Recommend to all those 'attempting' (not trying) something new in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm only halfway through the book, so the end verdict is still out. At this point, I am still struggling to understand some terms he uses, like "meaning marker." From what I gather, it means the meaning you give to your goals, why they are important to you. He talks about mapping a lot. One of his tips is to take this map you've drawn of everything in your world and rearrange it. I'm not sold that this will make me see things in new ways. It just seems like a workshop exercise, not anything that would give you real insight. Still, I'm, picking up some good ideas about positive thinking and evidence-based practice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit I fully I expected this book to be chock-full of scientifically validated research and evidence supporting Achor’s book principles.  His latest book did not disappoint.   However, as dry and uninteresting most books are in this field, my expectations were surpassed with how enjoyable this book was.  Achor has an uncanny ability to make this subject not only interesting but also fun.  I highly recommend this book.
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I love how this book is written with studies and facts. He sticks to the facts and doesn't speak overly opinionated. Author also has good sense of humor:)
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This book is an absolute pleasure in addition to being a treasure chest of information. A true eye opener that will assist you in opening doors you thought were beyond your reach. I highly recommend it to any one who wants to improve their life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all kinds of self help, and I feel like I've heard it all. Maybe cause of his teaching background from Harvard, but Achor was able to weave in all this interesting info from psychology if never come across before. This book is really good. Lots of great ideas to implement with kids too. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved THE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE and I love BEFORE HAPPINESS just as much.  Shawn Achor completely delivers on the promise to  show us  that positive change is possible.  The strategies provided include success mapping, success accelerants, and how to transfer these skills to your teams and employees - all of which will provide improved business results in any  organization. I highly recommend this book to .everyone looking to increase success for themselves and their employees.