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Publisher's Summary

In How to Have a Good Day, economist and former McKinsey partner Caroline Webb shows listeners how to use recent findings from behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience to transform their approaches to everyday working life.
Advances in these behavioral sciences are giving us ever better understanding of how our brains work, why we make the choices we do, and what it takes for us to be at our best. But it has not always been easy to see how to apply these insights in the real world - until now.
In How to Have a Good Day, Webb explains exactly how to apply this science to our daily tasks and routines. She translates three big scientific ideas into step-by-step guidance that shows us how to set better priorities, make our time go further, ace every interaction, be our smartest selves, strengthen our personal impact, be resilient to setbacks, and boost our energy and enjoyment. Through it all, Webb teaches us how to navigate the typical challenges of modern workplaces - from conflict with colleagues to dull meetings and overflowing inboxes - with skill and ease.
Filled with stories of people who have used Webb's insights to boost their job satisfaction and performance at work, How to Have a Good Day is the book so many people wanted when they finished Nudge, Blink and Thinking Fast and Slow and were looking for practical ways to apply this fascinating science to their own lives and careers.
A remarkable and much-needed book, How to Have a Good Day gives us the tools we need to have a lifetime of good days.
©2016 Caroline Webb (P)2016 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

" How to Have a Good Day is a smart, thorough, and eminently practical book. Just about every page offers a science-based tip to help you become better off - or, in many cases, just plain better." (Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive)
"Behavioral science has come of age in recent years, and it has begged for a world-class translator. Now we have one. Caroline Webb's peerless translation of the behavioral sciences into tools for shaping the quality of our day is the book we've been waiting for. Play with just 2% of the ideas in this book, and you might just end up changing your life's course. Words like 'magisterial' come to mind. Bravo." (Tom Peters, coauthor of award-winning best seller In Search of Excellence)
"Finally, a practical book based on evidence. How to Have a Good Day is grounded in state-of-the-art research on behavior and neuroscience, and animated with vivid examples from professionals who have successfully applied Webb's advice. It might even leave you looking forward to your next tricky conversation or challenging task as an opportunity to try out her tips." (Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take and Originals)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ariel on 02-04-16

Who Doesn't Want to Have a Good Day?

As an NPR devotee, I have become a big fan of the behavioral sciences lately. That was my initial draw to this book, even though I was concerned the work applications may not interest me, since I don't work in a traditional field. Much to my surprise, this book is not only funny and well paced, it's full of practical, and even better, science based advice that is useful in every walk of life. I feel like I learned a lot about my career life, but also interacting with my spouse- and even interacting with my toddler. Additionally, the author does a great job reading it, which is always a big crapshoot with author readers. I can't recommend it enough.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Oliver Nielsen on 04-28-16

Uh la la!

I was hesitant about getting this book, due to some reviewers objecting to three things:

1. "It only relates to the business-environment"
Simply not true. Yes, it does focus on business, but as we all know, business/work is a large part of most people's lives – furthermore, much of the advice is directly applicable to communicating at home, doing home chores and so on.

2. "It's too scientific / dry"
I personally don't find it "brain-scientist dry" at all. To the contrary, I'm thankful this isn't one of those Malcolm Gladwell-ish bestseller-recipe-based books, full of amusing anecdotes and uselessly dumbed down pop-science that would be more justified in a Wired article.

3. "It's all been written before by Kahneman et. al."
Yes, some of the concepts have been mentioned/covered before in other works, but what Caroline does superbly in this book, is making it easy to comprehend and directly applicable to your daily life. The book is well organized.

It's an intelligently written book, by an obviously smart woman. As a former McKinsey partner, she can be expected to have a clear, rational, sharp mind – and she does indeed deliver.

To top it off, Caroline has narrated it very well.

In fact, it's one of those books I finished fast, and already wanted to re-listen to, sooner rather than later! So much so that I haven't deleted the download from the app, which I normally do when I've finished a book.

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