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

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work [Kindle Edition]

Shawn Achor
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"Achor transports us to his virtual classroom, a journey along which we glean the seven secrets of happiness. "The Happiness Advantage "reveals the most important discoveries coming out of modern psychology." (Rom Brafman, bestselling co-author of "Sway" and "Click")

"Shawn Achor is funny, self-deprecating, and devastating to my notions of what his field is all about.... I'm butter to his knife." (The Boston Globe)

"Achor bases his training on a burgeoning body of research on the positive psychology movement, which emphasizes instilling resiliency and positive attitudes...." (Wall Street Journal)

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"Achor transports us to his virtual classroom, a journey along which we glean the seven secrets of happiness. "The Happiness Advantage "reveals the most important discoveries coming out of modern psychology."
-Rom Brafman, bestselling co-author of "Sway" and "Click"


"Shawn Achor is funny, self-deprecating, and devastating to my notions of what his field is all about.... I'm butter to his knife."
-"The Boston Globe"


" Achor bases his training on a burgeoning body of research on the positive psychology movement, which emphasizes instilling resiliency and positive attitudes...."
"-Wall Street Journal"

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Having already read Tal Ben-Shahar's The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life as well as Jessica Pryce-Jones' Happiness at Work: Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success, and having absorbed and digested what their authors share, I was curious to know what (if anything) new Shawn Achor could contribute to the on-going multi-logue and how well the material is organized and presented. My rating correctly indicates what I think he has accomplished. Others have their own reasons for admiring this book. Here are two of mine.

First, Achor introduces seven principles that serve as the foundation of what he characterizes as "the happiness advantage": positive brains have a significant biological advantage over brains that are neutral and an even more substantial biological advantage over brains that are negative. In fact, The Happiness Advantage" also serves as the first principle, followed by

2. The Fulcrum and the Lever: How a positive mindset (fulcrum) can leverage power to achieve success (however defined)

3. The Tetris Effect: How that same positive mindset can recognize can recognize patterns of possibility that leads to possibilities that would otherwise be missed

4. Falling Up: When experiencing a major crisis or encountering a major threat, how selecting the right mental "path" will reveal the best course of action to take

5. The Zorro Circle: When coping with crisis or threat, how to control emotions "by focusing first on small, manageable goals, and then gradually expanding our circle to achieve progressively bigger ones"

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read! 4 Sep 2012
By Sebster
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Having watched the great TED talk by Shawn Achor I wanted to check out his book. I'm really glad I did. I was interested in the science more than the practical advice because I didn't feel I needed it. However, the book has reinforced my belief in habits that I already had and has added some great new ideas to try. I would recommend this book to anybody who... just anybody who can read. It's full of interesting concepts and practical ideas, backed up by research rather than anecdotes or the belief that the universe will realign if you wish hard enough.

I would highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff 24 Dec 2012
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Having watched Shawn Achor on TED Talks I couldn't wait to read this book and it didn't disappoint. He is an amusing and informative writer. Lots of practical actions that readers can take to increase their happiness and develop the happiness habit. Useful for therapists who want to give tasks to clients.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read and more........ 16 May 2012
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I bought this book off the back of an excellent TED talk by Shawn. I found it easy to absorb with plenty of practical examples for the points he is making. It also has plenty of scientific backing in terms of psychological/behavioural studies referenced but to me this is a little beside the point as if you search long enough you can find a study or 2 to back up most theories. To me it comes down to whether you believe in the core concepts of the book, which to me seemed to be that being happy and positive is good for you in many many ways and that for people who don't find this easy/natural, you can change. To get the most out of a book like this I think you need to read it through at least once and then revisit and reflect regularly and put as many of the principles into effect DAILY. There is little point just reading it once and then wondering why you don't feel happy and successful overnight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading 19 Jan 2014
By Nikki
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This book was over too quickly! Really sound advice always followed up by experimental examples. Will be re-reading to ensure the maximum happiness advantage is gained!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading 30 Nov 2012
By TW
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This book is very inspiring. It has so many great insides and when I read it I feel uplifted. The world would be a better place if many people followed these principles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The world would be a happier place. 9 July 2014
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Everyone and most of all every manager or CEO or Director of any company, charity or organisation should, MUST read this book. The world would be a happier place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Change my view on living 27 May 2014
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Everyone should read this book! Makes you think and give you something to work with ! Everyone can benefit from it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
Prompt delivery. Good book.
Published 1 day ago by Anne-Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book - although the "Seven Principles" put me off ...
This is a great book - although the "Seven Principles" put me off a bit, the meat of it is helpful and usable.
Published 28 days ago by Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening
This book really opened my eyes to the importance of changing our mindsets and most of this is in accordance with biblical principles
Published 2 months ago by Dif
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Couldn't be more valid or valuable
Published 2 months ago by Colin Barrett
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Great book
Published 2 months ago by Suzanne Pindar
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, happy to recommend it.
An excellent read that cheers me up whan I am questioning life in general! This book takes a new approach to positivity and being happy - it is well worth the read!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational
Loved the way the book started off, readable, funny encouraging you to read on. Highlighting work based on scientific research, it makes you think that if more of us tried the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth the read!
Even if you are a positive person as I am this is a good book to read as it still gives you tips and ideas about bringing the happiness advantage into your work place which will... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. L. M. O'Driscoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound psychological principles with a practical edge
I bought this book after seeing Shawn's fantastic TED talk. After suffering work related stress a few years ago I became very interested in positive psychology and all it had to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Beverly Whitefoot
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Loved it and bought for all my staff. Already putting the strategies into action. Follows on from another great book called The Guide
Published 6 months ago by Justin Mills
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