The Happiness Advantage

The Happiness Advantage

By Shawn Achor

  • Release Date : 2010-09-14
  • Genre : Self-Improvement
  • FIle Size : 9.17 MB
Score: 4.5
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The Happiness Advantage 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.


  • Great book

    By Tyler @
    Highly recommend this book. It did confirm for me that my happiness precedes my success.
  • Interesting

    By RhythmPro
    Not only a very interesting book but it is very influential on my life which is really cool.
  • I am inspired after reading this book

    By Robert Leithman
    I can't wait to try some of these ideas in my life.
  • The happiness advantage

    By RNLizF
    Confirms the way I live my life. Offers great outlines and gives examples of how and why this philosophy really works. I feel less like a Pollyanna and more like what I am doing is for real;-)
  • Good, but too focused on business

    By TimTimothy
    I had the sense when I was reading this that the author had an editor pushing him to make the book more applicable to the corporate world. Or, it could just be that the author derives a majority of his income consulting corporations. But, I think this effort to tie everything back to workplace (& only corporate workplace) betrays the core message of the book. I guess I should have paid closer attention to the sub-title: …"that fuel success and performance at work!" The author essentially begins by telling us that happiness is not derived from success in the workplace, but then ties everything back to success in the work place. It's a split message that pretends to be teaching us how to be happy but in the end is simply driving the same old narrative of the corporate world. Where are the happy people who don't follow traditional paths? I was able to glean some useful info from the book, but was highly annoyed that I had to wade through so much business schlock. This author needs to take his schtick into worlds beyond the fortune 500 & ask what his real motivation is. Because the world needs the message he can deliver.
  • Great work!

    By Edmir Silva
    Beautiful work !
  • Sound advice and 'battle-tested'

    By ioane_77
    After listening to this book twice in audiobook format, I chose to buy it here on iBooks. It's content and message is easily understood and equally 'user-friendly' when it comes to actually apply it in real-life. I'd recommend it to everyone!