The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
by Shaun Achor
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 –this conclusion is irrefutable. In a meta-analysis cited in the book of over 200 studies involving nearly 275,000 test subjects, positive mindset (happiness) was shown to improve productivity by 31%, sales by 37% and creativity by 300%. Wow!
Think of the implications of that for your personal performance and the performance of your organization, big or small. And having a more positive mindset is available to all of us – we can strategically plan to improve positivity for ourselves and for our teams to gain the enormous advantages that are proven to be available to us all. Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, Achor shows us how we can capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential and that of others.
Happiness Advantage is easy to read due to Achor’s conversational style which is laced as it is with frequent doses of subtle humor — self-deprecating and otherwise. This is a MUST READ book for business owners and really anyone striving to improve their performance.
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