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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

Critic reviews

"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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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!

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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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The good news

This book has already helped me a lot with my depression. It doesn't set out to do any such thing, but I found the scientifically-backed ideas for being happier and enjoying work more couldn't help but have an impact on my mood and relationships. I've just finished it and I'm going back to start it again.

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Life changing

Sharing his personal stories, summarising the nuggets of years of research, the simplicity of the model; all things I liked.
I would recommend this book to everyone.
I enjoyed his TED talk and this book did not disappoint.

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5 stars.

Really enjoyed this book. Very uplifting and positive. Easy to understand. I would recommend to anyone.

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A brilliant book with fantastic advice

I've listened to this book twice now and it's fantastic. Great advice backed with scientific evidence showing how success is related to our levels of happiness, rather than the other way round.

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A fantastic book

Personally I feel everyone should read this book.
It’s great from a work perspective but also in general for helping to create a positive outlook look on life.

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A must read

I loved it. The book is well read and put together. I'll most likely revisit it in a few months.

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I love this audiobook so much!

I've listened to this audiobook over 10 times now. I love his voice and his way of explaining through his own experiences.

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Not for me.

A little boring to listen to coupled with regurgitated facts and studies put me off this book.

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  • Irene
  • 21-10-18

there's some really good stuff in there, too slow.

So the book could be done in a fraction of the time. Content is great but it doesn't follow a sequence that is easy to follow.

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  • Anthony
  • 14-03-18

Life Changing

Loved it. The ideas are sound. I have benefited from applying them. Thank you, Shawn Accor.

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  • neeta makhija
  • 20-09-17

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 User
  • 06-09-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-17

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.

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  • Chhaya
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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.

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  • topcat
  • 14-08-15

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.