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My goodness What a polarizing experience Good The material in The Happiness Advantage is good I personally believe in most of the stuff the author ascribes Hey, if you wake up, look yourself in the mirror and smile, then you re probably on your way to a pretty good day Positivity Bad The author s writing style and presentation of this material is brutal, straight out of an infomercial Everyone is an expert The author has personally advised and guided every leader in the free world Everything he s presenting is good because it s science Science This approach is the 180 degree opposite of a book like Freakonomics where the authors are self deprecating and take great pains to describe the limitations of the stuff they are presenting In short, Freakonomics is fun to read The Happiness Advantage is self aggrandizing and barely readable.This is a list from one of the author s world renowned experts I don t know why this struck me as funny, but it did The 10 most common positive emotions joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe, and love.The author s hook be happy and success will follow.QOTD Happiness is the center, and success revolves around it Shawn Achor, The Happiness AdvantageOf course, if you re happy, then why is it necessary that success follows Other tidbits I liked 1 Spend money on experiences, rather than things2 Smiling tricks your brain into being happy cha 3 I ve heard of this mirror neuron deal before, but it sounds hokey to me A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another I should have given this book 1 star, but then that wouldn t be very positive Ha yow, bill
[[ Free Epub ]] ⇯ The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work ⇔ Our most commonly held formula for success is broken Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be successful, and if we are 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 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 organizations 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 Fortuneexecutives incountries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become 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 capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential Among the principles he outlines The Tetris Effect how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility, so we can see and seize opportunities wherever we look The Zorro Circle how to channel our efforts on small, manageable goals, to gain the leverage to gradually conquer bigger and bigger ones Social Investment how to reap the dividends of investing in one of the greatest predictors of success and happiness our social support network 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 positive mind set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives From the Hardcover edition There have, of late, been a spate of anti happiness books books I thought this was an excellent example of the kind of book that doesn t deserve the attacks First, he explains why happy people are successful, giving examples of psychological studies that have been done Then he lays out his Seven principles for each one he a backs it up with empirical evidence and b gives practical strategies for making use of the principles He never overstates his case He is clearly not trying to produce fake smiling corporate zombies For those out there who think that this kind of book is always selling out to the corporate man they should read his examples, like the CEO who kept paying all his employees their salaries after their factory had burned to the ground You honestly can not lump all happiness books together I m a believer in the central role of happiness studies to psychology having discovered Abraham Maslow when I was very young It is no different from the modern emphasis on wellness programs over just treating sicknesses Overall, this is a good, practical and realistic look at the role of happiness in success which also gives ways of achieving it. I don t usually give five star ratings but this is an exception This book had a profound impact on me and is the reason why I have become so ambitious with my life goals After listening to Shawn Achor s Ted Talk on YouTube I decided to pick up this book from the library since I knew I would get a lot out of it I wasn t wrong Shawn shows the reader how happiness produces success and not the other way around Later, in chapters 5 11, Shawn shows the reader how to increase happiness and therefor increase success using several options It s worth mentioning that most of the research included in this book was conducted by Shawn and his colleagues at Harvard. I feel I should preface this 5 star review by saying that you will only get out of it what you put in While it s not a workbook per se, this is definitely a manual I picked up the book after I saw Shawn Achor s TED Talk on positive psychology It rang true on a lot of elements, most of all the idea that success does not lead to happiness, because the next success is always on the horizon So, what if happiness is the first step, and not the goal I think I found this book at exactly the right time Investing socially at work, finding the positive aspects of setbacks and challenges, and viewing tedious tasks as contributing to the greater good don t come naturally to me With the right set of mind hacks and simple alterations to my day, I m already beginning to see the benefits of Achor s advice.That said, this isn t just a program for people who are unhappy The science behind Achor s advice, and the field of positive psychology, is fascinating A healthy bibliography at the end of the work will keep me busy for a while Also, just having the knowledge of these different elements makes me aware of what I m doing, and how it affects my work mood, and helps me to look back as what I ve been doing, and understand where things may have gone awry. This book is one of a growing library of research that supports what I ve believed for the past few years that happiness is a skill you can develop What s great about this book is that it doesn t make the assumption that something is inherently wrong with the reader, and gives readers practical advice on small things they can do to get their brains tuned in to being happy It s a state of mind one that does come naturally to some than others but it s also a muscle that can be exercised And there s no secret to it, as many so called self help books suggest It s just doing small things, such as writing three good things down every night, whether it s three good things that happened over the course of a day no matter how small or three things you re grateful for Doing this can help rewire your brain to see possibilities, insights, and help you see and seize upon opportunity when it arises It s a book that s geared toward helping leaders and business people make their workplaces happier, but I think anyone could benefit from reading this Also, he s funny. Perhaps the most accurate term for happiness is the one Aristotle used eudaimonia, which translates not directly to happiness but to human flourishing In the Happiness Advantage, Shawn talks about how happiness is the center around which success orbits We often think happiness will come after success, but in fact, happiness leads to success Did you know our brains are literally hardwired to preform at their best when they are positive This is such a fascinating and uplifting book I would recommend to anyone and everyone. Self help books have a stigma to them, to be sure And there s plenty of reasons to be bitter about how happiness has become a corporate commodity Meaning that high level executives will pay big dollars to have people with findings ranging from half baked to mildly sophisticated tell them exactly what they want to hear This practice of giving a empowering read complacency inspiring talk to these executives is known around the world as TED talks High profile academics, scientists, and entertainers act as suit whisperers, and we are all there to watch But remember it is Ideas worth spreading, not Facts worth knowing That all being said, I understand that Shawn Achor is presenting this information from a business and management standpoint, because that is the only platform any by which positive psychology and the social sciences can really get due attention or make money for its practitioners In order for it to somehow get attention or reach the masses, it has to mean something to the corporation as well So Achor manages to do the following in a scant two hundred pages 1 Give as clear cut, brief, and yet thorough a survey on research and findings in positive psychology I have ever seen 2 Not just show you the common sense, but the means of actions by which one can act upon that common sense and 3 Apply those findings to a workplace environment.Remember if the audience of your book is an office manager, it will get a TED talk Quiet did something similar in that it imbued office solutions for productivity enhancement into its narrative while maintaining a core value system that is important for all to know and understand I see that not as a demerit of the book so much as Achor s savvy in marketing himself There s still a faint glimmer of stigma, I guess, in approaching anything that looks like a self help book They are smut compared to that artistically infallible mainstay called fiction But the fact of the matter is this book will take a couple hours of your time and gives you the tools ready at your disposal to parse down the anxieties around success and to train an untrained mind to think positively Much like training an untrained voice to sing, I suppose A mind untrained is not one that will function well That the book gives its fair share of gasp notes and the like is also a delight I didn t see any of those in David Brooks s disaster The Social Animal I see them here, though, and Brooks s points are explained with brevity and credibility.For the time investment, the return is mighty great Prose style being what it is and it will be off putting to some , you get a nice survey of positive psychology You even get a nice survey on contemporary developments in neuroscience You get some backdrop on the problems facing some of our biggest businesses And you get some nice working tools to develop a positive mindset You learn a lot about your brain and the ethos behind the choice of happiness You hear about some pretty crazy studies The solutions are small, actionable, tangible, and helpful While the book is structurally repetitive and repeatedly uses the ol intro to writing formula, note this if you go through with a pen and underline the gold, an occasional skim of the book can re boost all the information in no time In this sense, it s a re usable, re readable, gift that can keep on giving book A re read seems so quick and useful already This book s a quick and very valuable investment, for knowledge sake AND for wisdom s sake Nice work, Achor.One question, though what about the cultures that see eye contact as being of a threat or impolite Just wondering. I m so glad I ve picked up this book the other day, for a very long time I was trapped in the mindset of if you just work hard, you ll be happy and even made a video about being happy with what you have vs continually bettering yourself This book gave me a new, much clearer perspective on happiness One of the things that really hit hard was the fact when author point out when you don t schedule your play time deliberately and precisely you will most likely waste that time without getting any relief from stress And what happens eventually instead of work hard, play hard it just becomes work 98% of the time and at some point the diminishing returns from stress start kicking in.When you overwork yourself you trigger your primal stress response which kills your creativity, makes you tunnel visioned and everything in your life starts looking like an immediate problem you have to solve The happiness advantage give me a clear idea on how to balance happiness and work, I m grateful to the author for writing such a great piece of material As an entrepreneur my life can rapidly turn into pure hustle mode and that s not always bad but there has to be a balance.The actionable item I got out of it was to start scheduling 2 hours every weekend to do something that has no purpose except fun It s gonna be a hobby that I find very enjoyable.There s really a lot to be learned from this book, all 7 principles are amazing findings and I got most out of the positivity and play time sections.Definitely grab a copy, you won t regret it Straight 5 stars You can skip reading this book for a number of reasons.His references are a mix of well documented studies, random articles that themselves have no references, and dated psychology For example he gives the example of people who are highly allergic to poisoned ivy being rubbed with the plant but being told it is not the plant and then not having a reaction to it For this claim 4 references are provided, all of which link to a New York Times article from 1998 without references I even found a reddit post where someone wrote to the paper in 2003 asking for the science behind the claims and has yet to receive a reply The sad thing is he is only trying to say mind over matter , yet the best support he can gather for this is shoddy to say the least.I also had problems with his stories During the economic crisis a manager travelled to each branch to boost morale and later reaped the rewards In turn the company came out of the crisis successfully However, Coca Cola was the company he was talking about Probably the world s leading softdrink, hardly a company that is likely to fall apart during an economic crisis To me it simply said, don t worry if you re a multinational corporation with a monstrous hold on the market place, you ll be fine Again, a weak argument for a simple statement.The ideas are far from new or innovative In 1999 I discovered Denis Waitley s Psychology of Winning, who compiled these ideas in a much concise and believable fashion Not to mention the work of Robert Sapolsky or Daniel Kehnemann who explain the studies in far detail and provide credible scientific references.I can see the reviews generally like his style of writing I personally found it to be poor Often dragging out a simple point with stories that sometimes don t do the point justice And he uses a humorous edge that though I m sure it gives off a sense of how jolly he is is infantile and seems to do little than bulk out the word count In the first 60 pages he makes one point that could be condensed into a short paragraph In fact, I urge you to search the net for a summary of this book, you will save time and realise a lot of what he has to say is commonsense.