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

Book: The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
Author: Shawn Achor

Takeaway: The human brain is more productive and functions better when we are in a “happy” state. Becoming happier is a skill that we can develop over time through practice. We can also triumph over procrastination. When we are in a “happy” state this radiates outward and is highly contagious ultimately raising other people’s productivity.

I thoroughly enjoyed Achor’s work in The Happiness Advantage. To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations when starting to read this book and really learning anything new. Boy was I mistaken.

I found the way Achor laid out his points and delivery very refreshing. He highlights a few principles that are easy to follow which are highlighted below that constitute to “The Happiness Advantage”

  • Positive and happy brains have a biological advantage over neutral or negative brain waves
  • Fulcrum & Lever – a fulcrum or positive mind can use power through leverage to more quickly achieve goals and success
  • Tetris Effect – Positive minds and mindset can view and see patterns of obtainable possibilities that would typically be missed by a neutral or negative mindset.
  • Falling Up – During a critical highly sensitive situation or threat making the best course of action will easily reveal itself to those in a positive mindset.
  • Zorro circle – During stressful situations the best strategy is to focus on bitesize small manageable tasks and goals and knock them down one by one. This will continuously build confidence as you work on bigger and bigger goals to complete.
  • The twenty second rule – learning to make small adjustments to renew energy when will power may not be in an optimal state.
  • Social investment – how our social support and network is a big predictor of success and how to invest more energy and time into it so that it can be leveraged successfully.

I liked this book a lot and see myself keeping this in my library to reread on a yearly basis to reinforce Achor’s theories. Much like Millionaire Fastlane, I would consider this a must read and a welcoming addition to anyone’s library.

I also found and listened to his lecture at google which I thought was highly motivational.

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