The Happiness Advantage
Written By: Simon Sinek
Read By: Simon Sinek
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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 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 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 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 more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.
Start With Why: Simon Sinek
Audio Book Summary
The Happiness Advantage is a book written by Shawn Achor, an American happiness researcher, author and speaker.
The book, gives a new perspective on happiness, considers it as a skill can develop, and is a decision.
The exercise of the skill of happiness works like a muscle that should be exercised. Starts with the will and is developed with the training and the self-aware.
The work of Achor begins explaining the effects of happiness in people, the author shows that happy individuals and happy groups are more productive so the unhappy ones.
The rest of the book is about the major causes of happiness, and of course, how these causes can be replicated in the life of the reader in such a way that you can be happy by decision and this will help you to have a more active, balanced, productive and benevolent life . Achor puts special emphasis on seven principles which are a kind of summary that synthesizes his theoryThe first principle is called The Happiness Advantage, which says that positive minds have an advantage over neutral or negative brains; it is possible to change the quality of our thoughts to positive, which will be reflected in our performance.
Second principle is The Folcrum and the Lever, it means that the way we see our life is dictated by our mindset. We definitely cannot choose everything that happens in our life, there will definitely be things that we cannot change, but we can change our attitude to life. The Tetris Effect which is the third principle, is about getting free from stress and negativity. If our brains are accustomed to stress, that is what we will continue to sow and reap.
Falling Up about. How we can get ourselves up after suffering and become happier in spite.The Zorro circle the way in which when we are in crisis situations, we cannot lose control by focusing on small and manageable goals. It is a postulate that goes from less to more.
The next principle is the second rule about new and better habits with less energy lost.
The last one is Social investment about giving back to society.
In conclusion, the book that Shawn Achor presents is great if you are interested in excel in work or in life. Instead of success driving happiness, happiness instead drives success
Is a book with concrete techniques to change Ways of thinking towards a positive mind that will benefit not only you but the people around you, is a necessary philosophy of sharing for a society of healthier minds.