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The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
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May 07, 11

Read from March 24 to May 04, 2011

Unlike most books in the genre, this book is deeply rooted in psychology studies and written by a researcher, rather than a journalist or a professional author. Yet, it never gets dry or pedantic.

Fantastic book for anyone interested in being happy.

To begin with, it spends a considerable portion of the book explaining what the effects of happiness are on individuals and groups, dispelling any lingering fears that maybe working towards individual happiness is selfish and unproductive.
In fact the author shows that happy people are considerably more productive and benevolent than than their unhappy counterparts.
Though the book never states it directly, the implication is that the selfish and unproductive thing to do is to not work on your own happiness.

The rest of the book is about the major causes of happiness, backed up with practical advice on how to leverage those causes in our own lives.

All statements about effects and causes of happiness are firmly backed up by psychological papers and articles.
Unfortunately, I can't say the same for all the practical advice. Much of it is, but some of the sources are other books on how to be happy (whose credibility is entirely unknown to me) and others are online articles, with no formal research or peer review behind them.
A few bits of practical advice are entirely unsourced, but appear to come from the author's own experience consulting major companies.

That said, the advice all seems sound, and I can't wait to build habits to put it into daily practice.

A fun read, a useful read, and backed up by a healthy dose of science. No "feel good" fluff here.
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