Before Happiness

  • by Shawn Achor
  • Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his international best seller, The Happiness Advantage, Harvard-trained researcher Shawn Achor described why happiness is the precursor to greater success. This book is about what comes before both. Because before we can be happy or successful, we need to first develop the ability to see that positive change is possible. Only once we learn to see the world through a more positive lens can we summon all our motivation, emotion, and intelligence to achieve our personal and professional goals.
In Before Happiness, Achor reveals five actionable, proven strategies for changing our lens to positive:


The Most Valuable Reality: See a broader range of ideas and solutions by changing the details on which your brain chooses to focus
Success Mapping: Set goals oriented around the things in life that matter to you most, whether career advancement or family or making a difference in the world
The X-spot: Use success accelerants to propel you more quickly towards those goals, whether finishing a marathon, reaching a sales target, learning a language, or losing 10 pounds
Noise-Canceling: Boost the signal pointing you to opportunities and possibilities that others miss
Positive Inception: Transfer these skills to your team, your employees, and everyone around you
By mastering these strategies, you’ll create a renewable source of positivity, motivation, and engagement that will allow you to reach your fullest potential in everything you do.

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What the Critics Say

In this remarkable book, one of the leading thinkers in the field of positive psychology digs deep into the science to find practical techniques for unleashing your genius for happiness. So forget about cheap gimmicks and gooey affirmations. Instead, listen to Shawn Achor -- and prepare to take notes!"
-- Daniel H. Pink, author of DRIVE, TO SELL IS HUMAN, and A WHOLE NEW MIND


“Shawn Achor, one of our greatest positive psychologists for the workplace, has done it again. With his characteristic blend of academic rigor and twinkle in the eye, Achor will change your view of happiness, of reality -- and of yourself.” 
--Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking


Before Happiness 
is the book that positive psychology fans have been waiting to read. Shawn Achor, the leading light in bringing the science of happiness to work, offers his signature blend of eye-opening research insights, entertaining stories, and infectious enthusiasm. This fresh, uplifting book is filled with ideas for improving our organizations and our lives.
 -Adam Grant, Wharton professor and bestselling author of Give and Take

"Shawn Achor is a positive genius who is capable of taking complex academic research and making it come to life in companies and schools across the globe."
-Tony Hsieh, bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.

 
In Before Happiness, Shawn Achor provides simple, scientifically sound strategies built around three key factors most of us undervalue: where we choose to put our attention, how much social support we build into our lives, and whether we view stress as a challenge rather than a threat.  
--Tony Schwartz, best-selling author of The Power of Full Engagement and Be Excellent at Anything


“Read this book before you buy any other self-improvement title. For anyone who wants to find more meaning, achievement, and joy in life, this is the single best place to start."
-Tom Rath, Bestselling author of StrengthsFinder 2.0 and Eat Move Sleep


From the Hardcover edition.

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NOT read by Shawn Achor

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I have been a fan of Shawn Achor--his Ted talks, previous book, and listened to it as an audiobook. I did not read the details carefully, This book is narrated by a dry speaker who turns Shawn's personal anecdotes and research into boring and un-engaging listening. Shawn is a dynamic speaker, who shares his passion with ease and brings his stories to life as he narrates his previous book. I am hopeful that he will narrate this book at a later time. I'm returning my Audible "copy."


Who was your favorite character and why?

n/a


Would you be willing to try another one of Mike Chamberlain’s performances?

Never


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- Elizabeth

NOT READ BY AUTHOR

What would have made Before Happiness better?

This book was horrible because I know what Shawn's voice sounds like. I don't want to hear someone else acting as him


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- Shana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio