The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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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)
Traditional psychology tells us that success makes us happy. Discover why this isn't true and what steps you can take to really become successful and happierSee all Product Description
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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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I would highly recommend this book.
Ahem, well, actually this book will change your life if you let it. Building on the work of Martin Seligman at Penn State University, Shawn Achor is one of the new young turks in psychology taking the findings of positive psychology and applying them to business and everyday life. These ideas are quite revolutionary, as is the whole of positive psychology predicated as it is on using what we know about our brains to enable us to use them more effectively. Before positive psychology came along, the psychological effort of humanity was focused Eeyore like on the negative side of our mental lives, exploring all of the things that could go wrong with the complex human mind. Mental illness and psychology were basically synonyms, with the medical disciplines fetishising when brains go wrong over applying its understandings in a more balanced, life-affirming way. Positive psychology restores that balance, acknowledging that there's a lot we can do in weeding our own mental garden in a manner that means we live as happy a life as possible. In fact, the premise of Shawn's wonderful book is that - happiness doesn't follow success, it is the other way round. We are, Achor says (and he backs his assertions up with buckets of evidence and examples) more likely to be successful when we are positive and happy - up to 30% more successful - because brains in a positive state are more imaginative, responsive and flexible.
The book contains 7 basic principles which Achor calls the Happiness Advantage. He is a persuasive and entertaining writer and public speaker, his TED talk is here and as you can see his work is gaining a lot of attention (12 million hits and counting).Read more ›
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It's a good book for those interested in positive psychology and how to improve your work performance. It incorporates much scientific research and is easy to follow. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
No particular new research around positive psychology used as reference points (already covered in other similar books) but I like this book as the author has a passion which I... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Zena Hockley
I'm a skeptical psychology student whose interest lies in abnormal psychology and have traditionally had very little interest in reading about positive psychology... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I have been recommended this book in my pursuit to find the 'right' balance between my private and professional life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by plebean
Fantastic book. Fun, clever,feel genuinely happier for taking the advice within the book😀Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Made me feel more positive and happy, really helping me take a different mind-set to things, worth a readPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The best book I've read in a long time! Seven simple strategies to follow, to become even happier (and I thought I was already quite happy!) and how to share happiness with others.Published 6 months ago by Chantal Cornelius
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