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The Happiness Advantage

Shawn Achor

This international bestseller unveils the happy secret to greater success and fulfillment in life and work. Rewiring your brain for happiness helps you achieve more in your career and your relationships.



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The Bottom Line

The key to success and happiness isn’t hard work after all — it’s learning to switch your mindset from its default negative setting to embrace positive thoughts.

I. Introduction

We tend to believe that if we work hard, we’ll be successful, and when we have success, happiness will follow. But according to Shawn Achor, that formula is broken. A leading expert in the field of human potential, he should know: He’s the founder and CEO of Aspirant, a research firm and consultancy that uses positive psychology to enhance individual achievement and cultivate a more productive workplace. Thanks to a decade of research he conducted at Harvard, he’s come up with a different formula, one that starts with positivity and happiness, both of which fuel success, not the other way around. “We now know that happiness is the precursor to success, not merely the result,” he says.

Building on that discovery, Achor translated his findings into seven actionable principles that he hopes will help you achieve your potential and improve your performance at work and in life. His ideas were adopted by world banks anxious for new ideas after the Great Recession. They’ve gone on to help professionals in an array of fields become more efficient and productive, giving them the tools to reverse bad habits that might inhibit achievement.

II. An Unexpected Harvard Lesson

III. The Human Capacity for Change

IV. Recalibrate for a More Positive Brain

V. Reset Your Defaults to Maximize Happiness

VI. Reframing Goals and Changing Bad Habits

VII. Social Investment and Paying It Forward

The Takeaway

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