The Happiness Advantage – Review
The Happiness Advantage
author: Shawn Achor, here my notes to speed up reading and understanding of this amazing book called “The Happiness Advantage”.
Part One-Positive Psychology at Work
The traditional belief is work and you will become successful. And once you become successful then you will be happy. In short success first and happiness second. The only thing is, this does not work. If this held true everyone who ever accomplished a goal of any kind should be happy. This book “The Happiness Advantage” will show the traditional belief to be wrong and will show happiness is the precursor to success and not the result.
Research has shown that happiness leads to success in nearly every domain. Including work, health, friendship, sociability, creativity and energy. Positive Psychology is meant to give you a competitive advantage. What it is not meant to do is to paint on a happy face. And not meant to use “positive thinking” to wish away your problems. Or worse, to pretend your problems don’t exist.
The Happiness Advantage starts at a different place. It asks us to be realistic about the present while maximizing our potential for the future. It is about learning how to cultivate the mindset and behaviors that have been empirically proven to fuel greater success and fulfillment. It is a work ethic.
Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it is the realization that we can.
Change is possible
Neuroplasticity, the idea that the brain is malleable and can therefore change throughout our lives was unheard of before. However it has been proven to exist. Lasting change is possible as has been confirmed by numerous ways we can permanently raise our happiness baseline and adopt a more positive mindset. The competitive edge is available to all who put in the effort.
Shawn Achor has split up the ways to achieve positive change into 7 Principles. These principles are intertwined and will reinforce each other. However for better clarity he separated the different methods into 7 Principles. So next up will be the 7 Principles.