INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • The happy secret to greater success and fulfillment in work and life—a must-read for everyone trying to flourish in a world of increasing stress and negativity
“Thoughtfully lays out the steps to increasing workplace positivity.”—Forbes
In the book that inspired one of the most popular TED Talks of all time, New York Times bestselling author Shawn Achor reveals how rewiring our brain for happiness helps us achieve more in our careers and our relationships and as students, leaders, and parents.
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 his original research—including one of the largest studies of happiness ever conducted—and work in boardrooms and classrooms across forty-two countries, 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What if the common idea that success leads to happiness is entirely backward? Harvard lecturer Shawn Achor reviews decades of research on positive psychology—much of it his own—in The Happiness Advantage. His upbeat narration explores how positive thinking can be a key to being more productive and engaged with the people around us, which makes us work harder and become more successful. Rather than treating happiness as a feeling that can be flipped on like a light switch, Achor provides practical tips and exercises that teach us how to search for positive patterns of thought, view our failures as stepping stones to eventual success, and break big problems into smaller, achievable goals. Retraining our brains toward positivity won’t make us happier overnight, but it does remind us that we’re the gatekeepers of our own mindset.
As a psych major, a lot of what is spoken about in this audiobook is absolutely amazing. Being that this is a fairly new field of psychology, I wish that it was available for me to take in my undergrad years.
Not as a psych major: this offers plenty of information easy to comprehend, and is fascinating all around. It will change the way you think and force you to become more positive.
Kudos to Shawn Achor- great book, and great sense of humor.
Not worth the money
This book focus primarily on reiterating research and case studies vs practical advise. If you are looking for practical tips to use everyday you will not find it here.