The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life

The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life

by Shawn Achor


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ISBN-13: 9780307591555
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 597
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Shawn Achor is one of the world’s leading experts on happiness, success, and potential. His research has graced the cover of Harvard Business Review, and his TED Talk is one of the most popular of all time, with more than 15 million views. Shawn spent twelve years at Harvard before bringing this research to nearly half the Fortune 100, as well as places like the Pentagon, impoverished schools in Africa, and the White House. His research has also been published in top psychology journals and featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune. His interview with Oprah Winfrey and his PBS program have been seen by millions. He now serves on the World Happiness Council and continues his research.

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I applied to Harvard on a dare.

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The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
EnergyCoach More than 1 year ago
We all like being happy, but most of us don't realize how much we actually need to be happy. It's easy to continue to move ourselves down to the bottom of the priority list in order to take care of all the other things that matter in our lives. And yet as we continue to push our own health and happiness to the side, our performance, not to mention our sanity, often becomes an afterthought. The Happiness Advantage builds a solid case that how we take care of ourselves significantly impacts our business. It is clearly the responsibility of anyone who wants to perform at high levels to pay attention to the benefits that come to them when they not only chose to be happy, but they make "happiness a work ethic". Thank you Shawn for bringing this information to us in a way that is easy to understand and apply to our daily routine. This is truly a fun, informative and life inspiring message.
c_dubb23 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was easy to follow and it made alot of sense. It was helped my looking at everything at a new outlook. High recommended!
DrakeBullet More than 1 year ago
It has feel-good psychology, but also good practices to follow. It has helped me reshape my outlook and expectations. For example, I have been writing 3 things for which I grateful each day for 4 months. It is a habit that is working. (Read some books on the brain and this book's concepts really hit home.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read! Shawn's uncanny ability to tell a story while teaching this unique "advantage" is amazing and true gift. I could not put this book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book
Yogjen More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Great studies, statistics, and easy to impliment tips!
Aaron Bowbyes 12 days ago
Shawn Anchor is a noteworthy author. He manages to use his psychic-like neuroscience knowledge to grip the reader page after page. This is the 21st century bible of positivity. With about 200 pages, I finished this one in 4 weeks (could have finished quicker if I hadn’t savored it). If you have any curiosity about happiness, positivity, self-improvement, organizational behaviour, or leadership, this book is worth reading. There are seven “principles” covered: The Happiness Advantage, The Fulcrum & The Lever, The Tetris Effect, Falling Up, The Zorro Circle, The 20-Second Rule, and Social Investment. I will only briefly describe these topics, so PLEASE read them for yourself. He goes much further into detail and provides evidence to back these claims in the book.
Shawn- 7 months ago
GShuk on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Great summary of the relevant research in happiness written in an entertaining way. While he does re-frame some ideas there is nothing really new.
mogie on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Research which documents mental attitude being very relevant to success. Practical advice on how to change your thinking. Good for managing people and also gaining an understanding of past experiences and reactiions.
jpsnow on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a worthy addition to the popular works about positive psychology. Achor describes 7 key concepts, all of which are straightforward, relevant and practical. The two strategies that most influenced me were the "Tetris Effect" and the "20-Second Rule." In the Tetris Effect, he describes how much our brains can develop a specific orientation or thought pattern - not just in attitude but even how we approach and see problems. In the "20-Second Rule," he provides the practical advice to make habits easy to form by putting the desired objective within easy, visible reach.
gwbranecky on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I enjoyed this book.
amimariscal on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I listened to this audiobook and it was one of the best books I've ever heard! I will definitely be listening again periodically. Shawn Achor narrates it himself and he is warm and fun to listen to.. (Check out his TED talk on Positive Psychology.) There are tons of practical tips and activities that can easily be learned and integrated into your life... If any book can be considered life changing, this is one of them! And the information is all backed up with scientific studies and funny, endearing stories.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, I would have to say I agree with the reviewer who said it was too expensive.  $12.00 would have been appropriate, not $25.00.  And another reviewer mentioned too much discussion regarding 'antidotes' although I believe it was anecdotes.  The first 50 pages were him descring how happiness helps you, how he taught this at Harvard, etc.  Seeing as the book was 210 pages, I think he should have coned this down to 10 pages max.   By poage 50, I was about to toss the book until I looked over at page 51 where he was giving some practical examples.  However, meditation, exercise and spending your money on activities that are socially enjoyable rather than on things is pretty well known. During most the the rest of the book, I felt I was just sitting there at Starbucks listening to someone tell me their opinions.  There was very little practical, hands on application until page 160-170 in which he discussed the 20 second rule and other approaches to breaking bad habits or reforming good ones.  But other than that, the book was filled with observations that anyone has had ovver the  years or heard from a good friend or family member.  I would not recommend this book to any of my friends and am sorry I spent the money.
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Tuscaloosa More than 1 year ago
Great book with great practical advice!! An eye opener!!
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