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Broadcasting Happiness

The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change
Narrated by: Michelle Gielan
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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We are all broadcasters. And the messages we choose to broadcast predict our success.

All of us constantly broadcast information to others, even when we don't say a word. Sales professionals broadcast to potential clients in a way that wins new business. Managers broadcast to their teams about projects. Colleagues broadcast to one another about available resources. The messages we choose to broadcast shape others' beliefs in the potential for success and their ability to create positive change.

Working as a CBS news anchor, Michelle Gielan saw how nonstop coverage of the 2009 recession left many viewers feeling paralyzed. She had an idea: a new interview series focused on positive psychology and creating happiness in the face of tragedy. "Happy Week” generated the greatest viewer response of the year.

In Broadcasting Happiness, Gielan shows us how our words can move people from fear-based mind-sets to positive mind-sets. Using scientifically proven communication strategies, we have the ability to increase others' happiness and success at work as well as our own, instantly making us more effective leaders.

Learn the seven keys of communicating more effectively to influence others and drive measurable results. Gielan, a happiness researcher and expert on positive communication, will teach you how to:

  • Inoculate your brain against stress and negativity by fact checking challenges
  • Drive success by leading a conversation or communication with positivity
  • Rewrite debilitating thought patterns and turn them into fuel for resilience and growth
  • Deal with negative people in a way that lessens their power
  • Share bad news more effectively to increase future social capital
  • Create and sustain a positive culture at work by creating contagious optimism

©2015 Michelle Gielan (P)2015 Gildan Media LLC

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  • toni
  • 08-02-2016

Essential Reading

This is such a wonderful, helpful book. I think anyone could benefit from listening to it. I found it full of 'aha' moments and I've already read just about everything on happiness!
The story we tell matters so much more than we know.

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  • G. L my name
  • 07-03-2016

Get to the point. This is unlistenble. Just blahh

She keeps telling us about what she is going to tell us. But she doesn't tell us anything ...yet...I am going to stop this soon. Blahh blahh blahh but nothing....
Listen to an Anthony Robbins book on how to do this type of thing ...

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  • Tibber
  • 14-03-2016

antidotes, very little science

This is a "law of attraction " book.

You will find stories like a paraplegic who decides he is going to do an iron man competition a year after his injury and a school that decided to focus on positive aspects. of course they both succeed meaning that you can too. Never mind the grants given to the school and well documented cases where the disabled never returned to high function ( read about FDR's polio if you haven't ). Sorry, this book is not science.

The book pushes the idea that everything will be better if we collectively talk only about positive things or talk positively about the few negative things we cannot avoid. This has appeal and the case is made compelling with antidotes; would be close to a 3 star book if science was not claimed.

The perspective is too simplistic for me to swallow whole but not without merit.

The parts of the book about tricking others to share your messages are somewhat troubling to me too.

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  • LT
  • 25-02-2019

totally positive and just what I needed

loved it I practice with passion every day. I will be sharing with my employees

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  • Keith
  • 13-05-2018

Practical based on examples and studies

A little preachy at the end for journalists but otherwise excellent with many good examples of how to apply.

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  • L. Florence
  • 06-02-2017

winner winner chicken dinner.l -

Kept my attention while providing insightful and a founder of information. practical information that you can play every day.

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  • ALahman
  • 16-06-2016

Three cheers for positivity!

I was surprised at the research results for positive stories going viral- from my common person eye, I would assume the opposite since many news stations still seemingly thrive on the shock factor of tragedy--

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  • BK Reviews
  • 07-04-2016

Great Tips

Am always sceptical about books like these but am glad I listened to this. Narration was excellent though the voice was a little bit too bitingly sharp for me. something a little softer would have been great. A lot of great tips in the book. We cannot avoid delivering bad news but it's how we do it. Compassion and context are necessary. I recommend this book. With all the negative stories we are constantly bombarded with, the world needs people who can broadcast happy stories because there are so many good things going on in the world.

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  • Brett
  • 11-03-2016

Good Mesage but Superficial

This book deals with the idea that by changing the messages you broadcast to the world, you and the world will ultimately change. Here, broadcasting positivity is better than broadcasting negativity, which is often deemed toxic and dangerous. (the actual boundary between what is positive and what is negative is naturally up for interpretation)

Everyone knows that a positive outlook is enjoyable for you and those around you but I felt that this book takes this idea into the realm of superstition at times, in that broadcasting positive messages and having happy thoughts will somehow cause amazing things to happen.

I also thought that this book was superficial. Consider Dicken's "A Christmas Carol." Consider an alternative version in which instead of being visited by 3 ghosts, Scrooge decides to implement the teachings of this book.

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  • Fen fen
  • 08-06-2020

great leadership book

a great read for those needing leadership ideas in an era of crisis. thank you.