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The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work Hardcover – Sep 14 2010

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 1st (first) edition (Sept. 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307591549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307591548
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

About the Author

Shawn Achor, a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn has become one of the world's leading expert on the connection between happiness and success. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular all time with over 4 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn teaches for the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School, and collaborates on research with Yale and Columbia University.
 
In 2007, Shawn founded Good Think to share his research with the world. Subsequently, Shawn has lectured or researched in 51 countries, speaking to CEOs in China, school children in South Africa, doctors in Dubai, and farmers in Zimbabwe. He has spoken to the Royal Family in Abu Dhabi, doctors at St. Jude Children's Hospital, and worked with the U.S. Department of Health to promote happiness. In 2012, Shawn helped lead the Everyday Matters campaign with the National MS Society and Genzyme to show how happiness remains a choice for those struggling with a chronic illness. 

Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. For seven years, Shawn also served as an Officer of Harvard, living in Harvard Yard and counseling students through the stresses of their first year. Though he now travels extensively for his work, Shawn continues to conduct original psychology research on happiness and organizational achievement in collaboration with Yale University and the Institute for Applied Positive Research.


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Format: Hardcover
As self help books go, this one was pretty good. The premise of the book that the author presents is if we follow seven simple steps, and incorporate them in to our daily lives, we will lead richer and fuller lives by being - yup you guessed it - happy.

Author Shawn Achor bases his thesis on plenty of research. Some of the research he participated in first hand, some research done as part of his time in university, and some which Achor references through studies.

What I liked most about this book is that for each of the seven happiness principles, Achor states that the principle is, states the evidence on why the principle is helpful, gives concrete examples of where the principle has worked, and then ends the chapter with simple exercises the reader can do to incorporate the principle in to their daily lives.

I would recommend not adopting all seven principles at once though. Not because all seven aren't good principles, but because undertaking all seven at once wold surely be too much change for anyone, and would lead to failure. A better approach would be to try one or two of the principles. Then when they have become part of your daily life, incorporate another, and so on. In this manner you can be assured of success and of being happy.
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One of my favourite books. Shawn's ability to mix humour and research to drive home a point makes this book an easy read. As you apply his suggestions and follow the seven principles, the habit of happiness is formed.
I highly recommend watching Shawn's TED talk along with reading this book.
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Format: Hardcover
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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I love Shawn Achor's science-backed exploration of Happiness! The fact he combines the what with the how to do it, is excellent for readers to translate Happiness into an action plan. I will be implementing the 7 Principles into my classroom (grades 8-12) this school year. It's a must for ALL to read!!!
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Format: Hardcover
This book is full of really great ideas and helps provide a different way of thinking. I assigned it to my team at work for reading before I had read it myself (which I don't usually do, but the reviews were so good I felt confident). Although it is a good book, the language used isn't appropriate for all levels. I realize the author went to Harvard, however the book is marketed for anyone at any level. There are really large words used throughout that are unnecessary to get the message across, and I know my team will have lost a lot through translation as a result. In addition, the first section and the first principle run a bit long and dry. The same thing is said over and over, and it could have been summed up more concisely. Over all I thought it was a good book and it gave me some good ideas, and I hope my team will also get a few tidbits out of it as well.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a fascinating read. Lots of interesting data to back it up
and resonates deeply with those who feel that happiness is the
lot of man if we truly seek it and are willing to do the work.
Inspiring as well as informative. Pleasant, readable writing style.
Good contribution to your life's journey library.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I am a home seller of scentsy family products and have a team of over 100, I give new team members this book because I have found the principals of being happy = being successful!! My team has grown and grown since we have started incorporating the happy Principals. I also really love Train your Brain by Dana wilde and find this books compliment each other nicely!!
Thank you Shawn Anchor for a great book, its an easy, interesting read. Not boring or sluggish as some books of this nature (also full of useful info) can be. Infact, I found I didn't want to put it down!!
Highly recommend!!
www.suede.scentsy.ca
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