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The Happiness Advantage Audiobook

The Happiness Advantage

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Publisher's Summary

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 organisations 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 capitalise on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximise our potential.

©2010 Copyright © Shawn Achor 2010 (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Shawn Achor is funny, self-deprecating, and devastating to my notions of what his field is all about....I'm butter to his knife." (The Boston Globe)

"Achor bases his training on a burgeoning body of research on the positive psychology movement, which emphasises instilling resiliency and positive attitudes." (The Wall Street Journal)

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    miss 20/09/2015
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    "Loved every minute of this book"

    Really thankful to Shawn for writing and narrating this book and sharing all of his fantastic work and years of hard research with us. The principles provide practical advise for putting into practice all of the "common sense" that isn't "common action" here's to the ripple effect!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Duncan Dale 13/09/2017
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    This should be compulsory reading. All hard scientifically-based, no pseudoscientific guff; basically the keys to happiness for everyone.

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    Charlie Gillespie 08/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "4.5. Brilliant book"

    This book has given me a fascination with positive psychology, it's hard to believe making these 7 slight changes to your life can have such a huge impact on your work & social life. A great book for someone on the path to self development.

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    Matthew J Heyhoe 10/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    Friend recommended that I listen to this. He was 100% right. Absolutely fantastic - interesting, funny and thought provoking.

    Have already shared it with several friends.

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    Nivia 26/02/2017
    Nivia 26/02/2017
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    "A must to feel happier"

    This is the first time I heard such an inspiring audiobook on the subject. It not only talks about the theory but also gives you real examples of easy steps to have a more fulfilling career and personal life.

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    Anne 31/01/2017
    Anne 31/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Must read"

    This is a powerful book. It has introduced me to the concept of positive psychology. I will try these principles in my work life and my private life. I really recommend this book

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    Amazon Customer 20/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "nice:)"

    love it! Enjoy it ! will recommend! great tips and examples! will apply as much as possible!

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    MANDOLIN 13/11/2016
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    "Long winded intro"

    Pleased I stuck with it though, more business orientated than I'd have wanted,but I get the point about attitude being a recipe for life.

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    Phil 14/10/2016
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    "Fact filled and interesting insight."

    A fact filled and interesting insight into what is sure to develop into a new paradigm for individuals and businesses all over the world. Shaun brings to life the facts with great metaphors and examples.

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    Lessane 02/10/2016
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    Would you listen to The Happiness Advantage again? Why?

    I found out about Shawn Achor on the Abundance Factor movie, so I wanted to hear more about his research. I really enojoyed this book, I was sad when I finished listening to it.


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  • neeta makhija
    20/09/17
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    "very good read"

    happiness advantage is a good read and the examples sheared are very thought provoking, this introduced me to the concept of positive pyschology.

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  • Anonymous
    06/09/17
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    "Wonderful guidance for everyday fulfilment"

    The guidance in the book is so wonderful, one has to listen twice! I've found the principles invaluable. Thank you Shawn - Edwin (South Africa)

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    09/07/17
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    "Simple and powerful"

    The book was an engaging read and one that I would recommend to all leaders. I started to reflect on my own previous successes at work when team performance was outstanding and realized that these ingredients were responsible for our success. The next step would be to cultivate the habit of regularly using the 7 principles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chhaya
    Mumbai
    10/11/15
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    "Change ur perspective to life as whole"
    What made the experience of listening to The Happiness Advantage the most enjoyable?

    When my time has come and i look back at life i want to see a majority it representing happiness and love and not just anxiety, stress , and money.
    Applying the approach that Shawn talks about will help me come closer to living a great , wholesome and happy life filled with loving and pleasant memories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • topcat
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    14/08/15
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    "Informative and an enjoyable read"

    Provided some good strategies relating to Positive Psychology. With the author as narrator his passion and energy shone through and added to the total listening experience.
    I also bought the Kindle version for easy reference in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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