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The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
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Jan 15, 11

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Read on January 15, 2011

There have, of late, been a spate of "anti-happiness-books books." I thought this was an excellent example of the kind of book that doesn't deserve the attacks. First, he explains why happy people are more successful, giving examples of psychological studies that have been done. Then he lays out his "Seven principles"--for each one he: a) backs it up with empirical evidence and b) gives practical strategies for making use of the principles. He never overstates his case. He is clearly not trying to produce fake-smiling-corporate-zombies. For those out there who think that this kind of book is always "selling out to the corporate man" they should read his examples, like the CEO who kept paying all his employees their salaries after their factory had burned to the ground. You honestly can not lump all happiness books together. I'm a believer in the central role of happiness studies to psychology having discovered Abraham Maslow when I was very young. It is no different from the modern emphasis on "wellness" programs over just treating sicknesses. Overall, this is a good, practical and realistic look at the role of happiness in success which also gives ways of achieving it.
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