The Happiness Advantage

“Once I land that long-anticipated promotion, make more money, get my kids into the right schools, lose a few pounds, or find a meaningful relationship… then I’ll be happy.”

Have you ever caught yourself saying something like that? 

Most people believe that once they are successful, then they’ll be happy.

But based on recent discoveries in the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience, that formula for happiness is wrong. In fact, it’s backwards.

It turns out, happiness actually fuels success, not the other way around. And when we become more positive, our brain becomes more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, healthier, resilient and productive.

In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG—to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work.

Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, he shows us how we can capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential. Among the principles he outlines:

 The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility, so we can see and seize opportunities wherever we look.
• The Zorro Circle: how to channel our efforts on small, manageable goals, to gain the leverage to gradually conquer bigger and bigger ones.
• Social Investment: how to reap the dividends of investing in one of the greatest predictors of success and happiness – our social support network

A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn’t only about how to become happier at work. It’s about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.


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HA bookclub guide

Shawn and the GoodThink team have developed a series of eCourses based on The Happiness Advantage for both individual and corporate education. Please learn more under our Products tab.

Look for the book club guide and other resources related to The Happiness Advantage on our Get Involved tab.

ha.dvdBuy the DVD of Shawn’s PBS Special The Happiness Advantage with Shawn Achor. 

The Happiness Advantage in Translation







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  • Brazil (Editora Saraiva)
  • Czech Republic (ANAG)
  • China -Simplified Chinese- (Cheers Press)
  • France (Belfond)
  • Holland (Servire/Kosmos)
  • Indonesia (Freedom Institute of Jakarta)
  • Italy (La Scuola di Palo Alto)
  • Japan (Tokuma Shoten)
  • Korea (Chungrim)
  • Russia (Exmo)
  • Spain (RBA)
  • Turkey (Kapital Medya Hizmetleri)