The Happiness Advantage

The Happiness Advantage Summary

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • The happy secret to greater success and fulfillment in work and life—a must-read for everyone trying to flourish in a world of increasing stress and negativity
“Thoughtfully lays out the steps to increasing workplace positivity.”—Forbes
In the book that inspired one of the most popular TED Talks of all time,New York Times bestselling author Shawn Achor reveals how rewiring our brain for happiness helps us achieve more in our careers and our relationships and as students, leaders, and parents.
Conventional wisdom holds that once we succeed, we’ll be happy; that once we get that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But the science reveals this formula to be backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around.
Research shows that happy employees are more productive, more creative, and better problem solvers than their unhappy peers. And positive people are significantly healthier and less stressed and enjoy deeper social interaction than the less positive people around them.
Drawing on his original research—including one of the largest studies of happiness ever conducted—and work in boardrooms and classrooms across forty-two countries, Achor shows us how to rewire our brains for positivity and optimism to reap the happiness advantage in our lives, our careers, and even our health. His strategies include:
• The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility so we can see and seize opportunities all around us
• Social Investment: how to earn the dividends of a strong social support network
• The Ripple Effect: how to spread positive change within our teams, companies, and families
By turns fascinating, hopeful, and timely, The Happiness Advantage reveals how small shifts in our mind-set and habits can produce big gains at work, at home, and elsewhere.

Book Reviews


The Happiness Advantage5 star

I love loved this book. It’s nice to know that life really is that simple, baby steps. I have been on point with my weight for a week , I woud only make it 3-4 days then give up.55


Step by step5 star

Shawn Achor does a great job explaining "Positive Psychology" and teaching the "Happiness Advantage" step by step... A must read for anyone wanting to live life to its fullest potential!55

Tyler @ Kingdom Success

Great book5 star

Highly recommend this book. It did confirm for me that my happiness precedes my success.55


Interesting5 star

Not only a very interesting book but it is very influential on my life which is really cool.55


Powerful and practical5 star

I've read many books on personal and professional development, and many of them were great, but the Happiness Advantage has directly impacted my life and career in a major and positive way. As Achor breaks down his findings on positive psychology into seven core principles, he doesn't just give you useful tips and ideas -- he gives you a complete framework for looking at your job, your personal relationships, your life and yourself. This book has literally helped to shift my perspective on many areas of life, reshaping notions I'd assumed to be givens. He backs up this big picture perspective with real world studies and data, and every chapter provides practical exercises to help you implement and master the principles. I supervise a team of inbound sales representatives in a call center environment, and I'm already seeing improvement in team morale and daily production since I've been utilizing the concepts in this book. If you want to help bring a team together and weed out negativity, as well as enhance your own life, this book definitely offers a path to get there.55


A Must Read5 star

Despite the concern that this book is focused on corporate America, I could not believe how incredibly transferable the principles are to every arena of life. I've known Shawn for many years and this is stellar work! Thanks, Shawn, for this great contribution.55

Jermaine Showtime Stone

Wonderful book5 star

This is possibly the most inspirational book I've ever read.55


Business Owner5 star

Loved this book! I have always been a positive person but now in trouble times and can continue being positive and help those around me be positive and happy too!55


The Happiness Advantage5 star

This book should be read by anyone and everyone. The information in this book can help you transform your life and the way you look at it. READ IT!!!!!55

Robert Leithman

I am inspired after reading this book4 star

I can't wait to try some of these ideas in my life.45

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