Book: The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
My Rating: 9 out of 10
Conventional wisdom and the world of materialistic gains leads us to believe that success is happiness and not the other way around. Always trying to make more money, have better things or loose more weight to look better in that bathing suit. Did you know this formula is backwards?
The latest psychology shows that people fueled by positivity and happiness far outperform pessimistic individuals. When you use happiness to your advantage, you achieve more with less effort as our brains are more engage and resilient.
Shawn Achor has spent decades at Havard University lecturing and researching how we can fix this broken formula. He has isolated seven practical principals which have been tested in classrooms to boardrooms all over the world. He explains how he discovered and learned this new formula with events in life as:
- Playing video games and how he discovered our brain retains patterns. This is called the Tetris effect
- Making any task, no matter how large or stressful achievable using the Zorro Circle technique
- The importance of making a Social investment and improving networking capabilities.
What makes this read so compelling is all the scientific research, hard statics and deep studies which are display brilliantly. Some are entertaining but most of these measurable will astound what affects our happiness or how we achieve our happiness.
With all this interesting information and lovely story of Shawn’s life experiences, this read is entertaining and really get you striving to add positivity in your life at home, work and with yourself.
A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn’t only about how to become happier at work. It’s about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.
More about Shawn
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.
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