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The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Workby Shawn Achor
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Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn has become one of the world's leading expert on the connection between happiness and success. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular all time with over 4 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn teaches for the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School, and collaborates on research with Yale and Columbia University.
In 2007, Shawn founded Good Think to share his research with the world. Subsequently, Shawn has lectured or researched in 51 countries, speaking to CEOs in China, school children in South Africa, doctors in Dubai, and farmers in Zimbabwe. He has spoken to the Royal Family in Abu Dhabi, doctors at St. Jude Children's Hospital, and worked with the U.S. Department of Health to promote happiness. In 2012, Shawn helped lead the Everyday Matters campaign with the National MS Society and Genzyme to show how happiness remains a choice for those struggling with a chronic illness.
Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. For seven years, Shawn also served as an Officer of Harvard, living in Harvard Yard and counseling students through the stresses of their first year. Though he now travels extensively for his work, Shawn continues to conduct original psychology research on happiness and organizational achievement in collaboration with Yale University and the Institute for Applied Positive Research.
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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)
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.
When Shola Richards’s soul-sucking job left him feeling numb and suicidal, he switched focus and devoted himself to transforming the workplace into a space of relentless respect, courtesy, and endless energy. Meant to motivate current and future leaders, The Positivity Solution aims to start a movement that will banish on-the-job bullying, put meaning back into work, and enhance coworkers’ happiness and engagement.
“My mission was clear: I needed to fix the problems facing the workplace. As quickly as I came up with my new mission, I came up with the solution:
We need to treat each other better. Period.”
Shola Richards had reached the end of the road: after nearly two years at a soul-sucking job, he felt numb and suicidal. So he quit and devoted himself to nothing less than transforming the workplace, turning it into a space of respect, courtesy, and endless energy. The Positivity Solution focuses on inspiring current and future leaders to start a movement that will banish on-the-job bullying, put meaning back into work, and enhance coworkers’ happiness and engagement. Richards, whose popular blog has a worldwide following, explains why inaction is insane, why we must move forward with positivity, and why the “abc” employees (asshats, bullies, and complainers) are so destructive. This motivational guide will stay in readers’ hearts and minds long after they finish reading it.
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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