The Happiness Advantage

The Happiness Advantage

The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

eBook - 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.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9780307591562
Branch Call Number: Downloadable Ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: HCPLC OverDrive

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Jan 21, 2019

On Jan 18, 2019, US News & World Report published an article relating how positive psychology can improve student success<. This specific book was mentioned in that article as foundational to the "Orange Frog" approach that was implemented.

I found the value of this book to be high enough that I've bought my own copy - a keeper.

The factor that I value most is the citations section at the end of the book. This section allows me to understand the underlying science.

Jan 13, 2019

Interesting book, expands new ideas on overlooked cliches. Wish I had more time to finish reading

The Happiness Advantage would be an excellent companion for those who love personal development and want to discover their potential. Although, as the title mentions, the book’s focus is geared towards success and work performance, the essence of the book is all about happiness. Shawn Achor, former Harvard graduate and advocate of positive psychology, has studied for many years the ideas and actions of optimistic and pessimistic people. Achor gladly and with a good sense of humour shares his key findings and provides dozens of tips and advice about how to turn on the switch of your positivity, happiness, and productivity.

Mar 15, 2018

A well-written piece on becoming happier in your daily life, well worth your time.

Also, at 236 pages, it's not a long investment.

Aug 07, 2016

This book is quite easy to read and informative. It makes the reader think about the perspective with which they they approach life.

May 01, 2015

Tho not a formula for becoming happy, the awareness of the behaviors discussed could result in happiness desired and the resultant advantages.

Nov 04, 2011

Lots of good practical information for increasing happiness, whether in the workplace or one's personal life.


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