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The Happiness Advantage

Narrated by: Shawn Achor
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
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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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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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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
  • 07-04-2018

excellent

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

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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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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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Great information.

I Loved this book. Looking forward to using the principles to improve our work place.

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  • Som
  • 12-01-2018

I love this book.

A great book to open your eyes and see how we work as human beings. How big of a social beings we are and how one person can change the mood and the energy of so many people around them.

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inspiring!!

well written backed w lots of research findings & gives useful practical advice. thank you author.

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Fantastic! Very practical solutions

Very practical solutions for personal and professional development and success, especially if you're a people leader at work

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love the science of the contagion of positivity

a really insightful and evidence based book that looks deeper than surface level happiness.A great book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-2019

Great book

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

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  • Mikey
  • 16-11-2018

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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  • Irene
  • 21-10-2018

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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  • Anthony
  • 14-03-2018

Life Changing

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

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  • neeta makhija
  • 20-09-2017

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
  • 06-09-2017

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
  • 09-07-2017

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
  • 10-11-2015

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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  • topcat
  • 14-08-2015

Informative and an enjoyable read

Provided some good strategies relating to Positive Psychology. With the author as narrator his passion and energy shone through and added to the total listening experience.
I also bought the Kindle version for easy reference in the future.

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  • Matthew J Heyhoe
  • 10-08-2017

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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  • miss
  • 20-09-2015

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
  • 29-08-2016

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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  • Biomassman
  • 22-07-2016

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-2018

5 stars.

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

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  • BueBlazer
  • 07-12-2017

A brilliant book with fantastic advice

I've listened to this book twice now and it's fantastic. Great advice backed with scientific evidence showing how success is related to our levels of happiness, rather than the other way round.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-2019

Amazing, fact and research based!

It’s not really the type of book I like to read but this one really makes a whole difference. I loved to hear about the experiments and connect the dots to my own life and experiences. All managers, leaders and HR staff should read this.

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  • J Stromberg
  • 14-02-2019

A must read for everyone

Excellent content, wonderfully read and the instruction, associated steps and principles are just what I need. I decided to read this book as I found I was being drained at work and my happiness with it... This book gives you the tools and practical steps to regain your full potential and positively impact on all those around you... Great job 😊

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  • Jonathan
  • 02-02-2019

Some good stuff, but takes time to get going.

There are some good nuggets of wisdom here and a few interesting facts, but it's not really a guide.

And it takes a LONG time to get to the meat - after the first 90 minute, we were still hearing anecdotes about where he'd been, who he'd met, what planes he'd flown on, and something about a giraffe?! I'll be honest, I was starting to drift and it was close to 2 hours in before the meat came along to accompany the gravy.

It was more of a sort of "general background interesting noise" kind of book, and one of the few I haven't put any bookmarks in.
Nothing stands out, but in common with many of these kinds of "lists of things" style books, it could do with an accompanying PDF or something, as I mostly listen to audiobooks while driving, which makes note-taking a little tricky!

The author is reading his own book, and does a better job than most self-read books I've heard lately, but there were points at which it did feel like he was "just reading"; could have been a little more expressive.

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  • Agnes Voytanovskha
  • 22-12-2018

Life-changing! Absolutely brilliant!

My new old time favourite! Absolutely fantastic. Everyone should read it.
Incredibly enjoyable to listen and extremely informative, but most importantly delivering practical and tangible ideas of increasing happiness and productivity.
I am looking forward to reading/listening more from this author because I absolutely loved his entertaining and witty style of writing that combines intriguing story telling with sharing some scientific data.