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  • Written by: Shawn Achor
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Publisher's Summary

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 organisations 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 capitalise on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximise our potential.

©2010 Copyright © Shawn Achor 2010 (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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 emphasises instilling resiliency and positive attitudes." ( The Wall Street Journal)

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Detailed and Nicely Narrated

Happiness creates success not the other way around. All the 7 principles are surprisingly executable.

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Great Book

Good Practical Advice. A must have book .

Happiness is Mantra for sucess not other way round.

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super awesome book with so much positive impact

happiness advantage is really awesome and I do correlate with most of it. I am sure this will help me be happier and spread happiness around

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  • 21-08-20

Excellent Read

This is a fantastic book to read/listen. This is well beyond helping oneself at the workplace and will also help you personally. Thanks to Shawn for also reading the audio book himself.

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  • Mike G
  • 16-11-18

If you can get past the first paragraph - it's ok

This is not my kind of book usually. I almost gave up at the first paragraph: "This book will show you how to be more happy at work".

... and also read my sequel, how to squeeze more pleasure from bad sex.

While it was focused on deriving more happiness from work, which kind of misses the point for me, it does have some interesting bits, some good thoughts on the nature of being satisfied, motivating yourself and others and generally living day to day feeling lighter and more joyfully... so... if you're down in the dumps, this is not a bad place to start turning that around.

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  • Anthony
  • 14-03-18

Life Changing

Loved it. The ideas are sound. I have benefited from applying them. Thank you, Shawn Accor.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-22

Loved this audio to a T!

A really interesting insight into creating a lifetime of happiness, be it for a personal one or to improve those lives around you.

Will definitely re listen as there were great takeaways to reapply into my life as well as my clients lives!

Very easy to listen to Shawn Achor - thank you!

Stay blessed!

MVT

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  • Stuart Fairbairns
  • 28-09-20

Powerful, practical and insightful

The principals in the book are very powerful. Shawn has spent a great deal of time to succintly bring insight as well as practical ways to implement the Happiness Advantage. Well narrated and highly reccommend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-01-19

Great book

I love that the author read the book himself.
Shaun makes the learning experience enjoyable.

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  • Irene
  • 21-10-18

there's some really good stuff in there, too slow.

So the book could be done in a fraction of the time. Content is great but it doesn't follow a sequence that is easy to follow.

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  • neeta makhija
  • 20-09-17

very good read

happiness advantage is a good read and the examples sheared are very thought provoking, this introduced me to the concept of positive pyschology.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-17

Wonderful guidance for everyday fulfilment

The guidance in the book is so wonderful, one has to listen twice! I've found the principles invaluable. Thank you Shawn - Edwin (South Africa)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-17

Simple and powerful

The book was an engaging read and one that I would recommend to all leaders. I started to reflect on my own previous successes at work when team performance was outstanding and realized that these ingredients were responsible for our success. The next step would be to cultivate the habit of regularly using the 7 principles.

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  • Chhaya
  • 10-11-15

Change ur perspective to life as whole

What made the experience of listening to The Happiness Advantage the most enjoyable?

When my time has come and i look back at life i want to see a majority it representing happiness and love and not just anxiety, stress , and money.
Applying the approach that Shawn talks about will help me come closer to living a great , wholesome and happy life filled with loving and pleasant memories.

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  • Kate
  • 20-09-15

Loved every minute of this book

Really thankful to Shawn for writing and narrating this book and sharing all of his fantastic work and years of hard research with us. The principles provide practical advise for putting into practice all of the "common sense" that isn't "common action" here's to the ripple effect!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-16

The good news

This book has already helped me a lot with my depression. It doesn't set out to do any such thing, but I found the scientifically-backed ideas for being happier and enjoying work more couldn't help but have an impact on my mood and relationships. I've just finished it and I'm going back to start it again.

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  • Matthew J Heyhoe
  • 10-08-17

Fantastic!

Friend recommended that I listen to this. He was 100% right. Absolutely fantastic - interesting, funny and thought provoking.

Have already shared it with several friends.

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  • Mark
  • 01-10-16

this is feel good stuff...thats all

This wants to be science based but isnt.
I really wanted to like it but its too wishy washy and feelgood. Took one hour then had had enough. (I am a psychology teacher, so I know what I am talking about)
He has a ten minute ted talk which says it all, now that is very funny and informative, watch that, dont buy the book. He is an entrepreneur with a science back ground not the other way round.

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  • Biomassman
  • 22-07-16

Life changing

Sharing his personal stories, summarising the nuggets of years of research, the simplicity of the model; all things I liked.
I would recommend this book to everyone.
I enjoyed his TED talk and this book did not disappoint.

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  • Cheese time
  • 24-08-16

American tosh!

Would you try another book written by Shawn Achor or narrated by Shawn Achor?

NoI would not read another book by Shawn.

What could Shawn Achor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop talking about himself for 5 seconds/

What three words best describe Shawn Achor’s performance?

monotone

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Happiness Advantage?

all of it

Any additional comments?

American fantastsical boring rubbish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-18

5 stars.

Really enjoyed this book. Very uplifting and positive. Easy to understand. I would recommend to anyone.

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  • CP Sennett
  • 01-08-19

I enjoyed this - it's got some great points

The downside is it does labour a few points but otherwise it's very good. It's raised some points to make me reconsider how I view and order some things in my own life.

It's a good audiobook and I've suggested it to a few others as it's worth the time.

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  • Steve
  • 05-09-16

Could have been 10 minutes long

Blah blah blah it's OK but basically it could have been said in a few minutes and most of it is pretty obvious. He spends a lot of time bigging himself up.

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  • Tim Jones
  • 27-09-21

Amazing insight!

Shawn does a great job of explaining his excellent happiness program.

I have already recommended this book to a bunch of people and will continue to do so.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-05-19

Fantastic information, well researched

This is a fantastic book which is not only relatable as a lay person, but well research and documented. It is practical straight away and also in-depth enough to not be just another ra-ra book with a catch title. One of the best books I’ve bought from audible in a while now! Thank you Shawn!

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  • Narelle Kennedy
  • 09-11-18

great reference book to apply to life

This is a great listen. I have finished it and will replay immediately. Reliable, researched information on how humans are or can become happy in a very accessible presentation. Complex material presented simply. Practical for personal reflection and application as well as a guide for relationships and leadership.

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  • Alan
  • 25-03-17

excellent wrap up of positive psychology

If you could sum up The Happiness Advantage in three words, what would they be?

integrates positive psychology

What other book might you compare The Happiness Advantage to, and why?

Flourish, Flow, Positivity, Authentic Happiness, Love 2.0, could all be read to deepen the surface understanding gained through reading the Happiness Advantage

Any additional comments?

a great synthesis of current research and theory in positive psychology. covers all the major contributors to the field and their research and findings set in the context of the author's life stories and experiences.

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  • Matt
  • 03-08-15

Brilliant

Perfect for anyone looking to improve their life and performance - specifically at work! Will definitely listen again.

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  • SM
  • 01-07-18

life changing

easy to listen too and easy to implement. Will listen to it again as there is so much content.

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  • Don
  • 07-04-18

excellent

very enlightening and great science based ideas. a must read for everyone, but definitely for managers and leaders!!

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  • Neil
  • 07-01-18

excellent way to enjoy a book.

narrator was clear and easy to follow. a very informative book with a lot of knowledge that can be implemented daily to better ourselves and those around us.

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  • Alicia
  • 06-01-17

Love it!!

Love it Soo much, I'm going to strive to listen to it over, and over again!

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  • Daniel
  • 03-11-22

Solid, helpful research, well put together. Happy

Good content, helpful and applicable to build a happiness mindset as the leader to success not the other way around.

With the performance. It was ok.... I felt a repetitive feel in the cadence of the ups and downs which created a feeling of monotony at times where I found myself losing concentration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-22

Everyone should read this book!

This book brings to the table all we need to know and how we need act to live a happier life!