• The Happiness Advantage

  • By: Shawn Achor
  • Narrated by: Shawn Achor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 05-21-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4.8 (21 ratings)

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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
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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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By neeta makhija on 09-20-17

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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By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

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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By miss on 09-20-15

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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By Biomassman on 07-22-16

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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By Alan on 03-25-17

excellent wrap up of positive psychology

If you could sum up The Happiness Advantage in three words, what would they be?

integrates positive psychology

What other book might you compare The Happiness Advantage to, and why?

Flourish, Flow, Positivity, Authentic Happiness, Love 2.0, could all be read to deepen the surface understanding gained through reading the Happiness Advantage

Any additional comments?

a great synthesis of current research and theory in positive psychology. covers all the major contributors to the field and their research and findings set in the context of the author's life stories and experiences.

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By fabiola on 03-24-17


well written backed w lots of research findings & gives useful practical advice. thank you author.

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