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The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

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ISBN13: 9780307591548
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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 organizations 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 capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential. Among the principles he outlines:

 

   • The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility, so we can see—and seize—opportunities wherever we look.

   • The Zorro Circle: how to channel our efforts on small, manageable goals, to gain the leverage to gradually conquer bigger and bigger ones.

   • Social Investment: how to reap the dividends of investing in one of the greatest predictors of success and happiness—our social support network

 

A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn’t only about how to become happier at work. It’s about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.

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Arguing that happiness is the precursor to success and not the other way around, Achor, a lecturer and consultant who designed a positive psychology course at Harvard U., outlines seven principles of positive psychology that can raise happiness, thereby raising success at work. He draws from research in the field, in addition to research he conducted with Harvard students, to explain principles such as how to retrain the brain to capitalize on positivity, adjust mindsets to create the power to be more fulfilled, focus on small goals, find mental paths to lead out of failure and suffering, and invest in family, friends, and peers. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that happiness fuels success, not the other way around. Achor isolates seven practical, actionable principles that show how to capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve performance and maximize potential.

About the Author

SHAWN ACHOR is one of the world’s leading experts on human potential, having researched and lectured in 42 countries working to bridge the gap between the science of happiness and performance in our everyday lives. Trained by some of the pioneers in the field of positive psychology, he helped design the famed “happiness” course, the most popular at Harvard at the time. He now serves as the founder and CEO of Aspirant, a research and consulting firm that uses positive psychology to enhance individual achievement and cultivate a more productive workplace. Achor’s lectures on the science of happiness and human potential have received attention in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal, and on CNN and NPR. Shawn Achor lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Liz in the City, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by Liz in the City)
Thankfully, this book is not "do these things and everything in your life will be wonderful and happy." In fact, the author says that having a Pollyanna attitude is exactly what he's warning against. Instead, Achor encourages the reader to make small changes in her/his life that will eventually change how s/he sees the world, and therefore, becomes happier for it. I, Ms. Cynic, started doing some of the things suggested (like thinking every morning of three things I'm grateful for), and while it's definitely not changed my outlook and life overnight, I think I'm becoming less stressed and more focused on what matters than on the niggling annoyances that have been slowly been overwhelming me for the past year. My suggestion: give the book a read. The worst that could happen is nothing and the best that could happen is, with the smallest of efforts, you feel a bit better. And this comes from someone who usually scoffs at "self-help" books.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307591548
Subtitle:
The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
Author:
Achor, Shawn
Publisher:
Crown Business
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Motivational
Subject:
Applied Psychology
Subject:
Business Writing
Subject:
psychology;happiness;business;non-fiction;self-help
Publication Date:
20100914
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.35 x .95 in 1 lb

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