The Happiness Advantage

The Happiness Advantage : The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work

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Most people want to be successful in life. And of course, everyone wants to be happy. When it comes to the pursuit of success and happiness, most people assume the same formula: if you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you'll be happy. The only problem is that a decade of cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology has proven that this formula is backwards. Success does not beget happiness. Based on the largest study ever conducted on happiness and human potential (a survey conducted by the author of more than 1,600 students), Harvard lecturer Shawn Achor shares seven core principles of positive psychology that each one of us can use to improve our performance, grow our careers, and gain a competitive edge at work. He reveals how happiness actually fuels success and performance, not the other way around. Why? Because when we are happier and more positive we are more engaged, creative, resilient to stress, and productive. The Happiness Advantage will appeal to anyone who wants practical advice on how to be happy and also more successful.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 137 x 216 x 17mm | 290g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753539462
  • 9780753539460
  • 90,237

Review quote

"Achor transports us to his virtual classroom, a journey along which we glean the seven secrets of happiness. "The Happiness Advantage "reveals the most important discoveries coming out of modern psychology." -- Rom Brafman, Bestselling Co-Author Of "Sway" And "Click" "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 emphasizes instilling resiliency and positive attitudes..." Wall Street Journalshow more

About Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor is a lecturer at Harvard University, where he has studied with pioneers in the field of positive psychology. He is the co-designer of Harvard's 'Happiness' course, one of the most popular in Harvard history. He is also the founder and CEO of Aspirant, a research and consulting firm that uses positive psychology to enhance individual achievement and cultivate a more productive workplace. Its clients include American Express, KPMG, Microsoft, and UBS. He gives more than 150 lectures a year on the science of happiness and human potential, which have been covered in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and NPR.show more

Review Text

"Shawn Achor is funny, self-deprecating, and devastating to my notions of what his field is all about.... I'm butter to his knife."show more

Back cover copy

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, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology show that this formula is actually backward: happiness fuels success, not the other way around. It is when we are positive that our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated and productive. The Happiness Advantage is a must-read for anyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives worldwide, Shawn Achor explains how we can become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge. He isolates seven practical principles that have been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in management, psychology and neuroscience, and in one of the largest studies of happiness and potential ever conducted. These principles show us how we can capitalise on the Happiness Advantage to not only maximise our potential at work, but also to maintain a more positive mind-set about all aspects of our lives.show more

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