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

Written by:
Shawn Achor
Narrated by:
Shawn Achor

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2010
7 hours 20 minutes
INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • An engaging, deeply researched guide to flourishing in a world of increasing stress and negativity—the inspiration for one of the most popular TED Talks of all time

“Powerful [and] charming . . . A book for just about anyone . . . The philosophies in this book are easily the best wire frames to build a happy and successful life.”—Medium

Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it is the realization that we can.

Our most commonly held formula for success is broken. Conventional wisdom holds that once we succeed, we’ll be happy; that once we get that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But the science reveals this formula to be backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around.
Research shows that happy employees are more productive, more creative, and better problem solvers than their unhappy peers. And positive people are significantly healthier and less stressed and enjoy deeper social interaction than the less positive people around them.
Drawing on original research—including one of the largest studies of happiness ever conducted—and work in boardrooms and classrooms across forty-two countries, Shawn Achor shows us how to rewire our brains for positivity and optimism to reap the happiness advantage in our lives, our careers, and even our health. His strategies include:
• The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility so we can see and seize opportunities all around us
• Social Investment: how to earn the dividends of a strong social support network
• The Ripple Effect: how to spread positive change within our teams, companies, and families
By turns fascinating, hopeful, and timely, The Happiness Advantage reveals how small shifts in our mind-set and habits can produce big gains at work, at home, and elsewhere.
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Perfect toolset for leading a happy life.

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Lily Valley

This book was Incredible! Please write another book!

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Andrew Schwarz

Felt repetitive and redundant. Couldn't help but think the whole time that an article or listicle on the subject would have sufficed. Many of the items the author brings up are described as powerful, revolutionary, or shocking. However, they all seemed pretty feasible to me. Had he just told me the 7 principles without the onslaught of obvious supporting evidence, I would have believed him just the same.

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Philippe Augustin

I really wanted to like and enjoy this book. Alas. it suffers from the same ailment that so many business books suffer from; turning what should be a short book (100 pages max) into a 200+ page dilution. Enough with the overused mention of the saber tooth tiger, Roger Banister, Richard Branson, the countless name drops and the studies attached to them. Can an author be a little bit more "authentic" (buzzword that's all the rage now), and present to us his actual thoughts on his subject matter. Damn it I really wanted to like this one, but the irritation of perpetual namedrop was overwhelming and I had to stop listening. The author could have just expounded on the three elements of happiness that he brought up at the beginning of the book, and he would have been on point. Happiness = Pleasure + Engagement + Meaning. I was on the short side of that equation listening to that book unfortunately.

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