The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

by Shawn Achor


Our most commonly held formula for success is broken. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around.

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  • Find out why happiness can be a work ethic and a way to bounce back from setbacks, maintain high levels of performance and find enjoyment in your job.
  • Learn seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, and how they can maximize your potential.
  • Overcome increasing workloads, stress and negativity by bridging the gap between a positive mindset and extraordinary performance in the workplace.
  • Discover how the most successful organizations are investing in the greatest predictor of success and what that predictor is. Watch Achor describe The Happiness Advantage.


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About the Author

Shawn Achor is one of the world’s leading experts on human potential, having researched and lectured in 42 countries, working to bridge the gap between the science of happiness and performance in our everyday lives. He is the founder and CEO of Aspirant, a research and consulting firm that uses positive psychology to enhance individual achievement and cultivate a more productive workplace. Achor’s lectures have received attention in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and on CNN and NPR. Visit

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