Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

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My Rating: 6/10
Published or Updated On: 
November 12, 2022

Big Picture Thoughts

When I read this book, all of these ideas were new to me & I shit my pants. I've become a connoisseur of positive psych since, so my perception has changed. Some of the research is pretty overextended and feels forced, but the book is still loaded with outstanding principles.

The Main Ideas

  1. Most people think if they become successful, then they will be happy. Research suggests it's the other way around.
  2. Happiness is not a mood. It's a work ethic.
  3. We can train ourselves to be happier.

Summary Notes

Principle #1: The Happiness Advantage

So what is happiness?

So, how to boost your mood with positive emotions:

Principle #2: The Fulcrum & The Lever

Principle #3: The Tetris Effect

Principle #4: Falling Up

Principle #5: The Zorro Circle

Principle #6: The 20 Second Rule

Principle #7: Social Investment

Specific to work:

  1. Do I believe that the intelligence and skills of my employees are not fixed but can be improved with effort
  2. Do I believe that my employees want to make that effort just as they want to find meaning and fulfillment in their jobs
  3. How am I conveying these beliefs in my daily words and actions?

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