The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
By Shawn Achor
Crown Business, 2010. 272 pgs. Nonfiction
Many of us work with the mindset that if we accomplish certain goals, happiness will follow. If I lose weight, if I get a raise, if I get a different job, then I can be happy. But recent research in the field of positive psychology shows that happiness fuels success instead. When we are positive our brains become more engaged, resilient, energetic, and productive. In his book, Achor describes a significant amount of research supporting this conclusion, and recommends certain guidelines and practices that can help increase our positivity and as a result, our success.
This is a great read for anyone although it is targeted at business readers. The "Seven Principles" he describes sometimes include common-sense advice you've heard before (such as tackle smaller problems first before moving on to bigger challenges). But I appreciated that Achor's information was reinforced by many examples and studies. Beyond this, simply reading the book and actively thinking about positivity for an extended period of time had a marked effect on my productivity and outlook. The audiobook is narrated by Achor himself and goes a bit slow. I'd recommend increasing the speed a bit as you listen.