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The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work (Anglais) Relié – 14 septembre 2010

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“Achor transports us to his virtual classroom, a journey along which we glean the seven secrets of happiness. The Happiness Advantage reveals the most important discoveries coming out of modern psychology.”
-Rom Brafman, bestselling co-author of Sway and Click


"Shawn Achor is funny, self-deprecating, and devastating to my notions of what his field is all about…. I'm butter to his knife."
-The Boston Globe           


" Achor bases his training on a burgeoning body of research on the positive psychology movement, which emphasizes instilling resiliency and positive attitudes…."
-Wall Street Journal

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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. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe.
           
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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Beaucoup de comportements au travail sont guidés par la croyance que c’est en réussissant qu’on deviendra heureux. Or, la relation de cause à effet est inverse : en réalité, c’est la faculté d’être heureux qui aide à réussir ! Cet enseignement clé des avancées de la recherche en psychologie et en neurosciences constitue le socle de cet ouvrage. Sont ensuite déclinés 6 grands principes, faisant chacun l’objet d’un chapitre, destinés à mieux comprendre et à tirer le meilleur parti de ce phénomène, à titre personnel mais aussi en tant que dirigeant ou manager. Une caractéristique remarquable de ce livre est d’étayer l’ensemble de ses propos par les enseignements des travaux de recherche sur le sujet du bonheur, ce qui en rend la lecture particulièrement intéressante.

Les lecteurs surtout désireux d’enseignements pratiques ne seront pas déçus non plus : pas de recette miracle, bien sûr, mais l’auteur fournit de multiples recommandations concrètes, avec un grand souci de réalisme : un chapitre est même consacré à la stratégie à mettre en place pour lutter contre l’inertie qui nous empêche d’opérer les changements dont nous savons pourtant pertinemment qu’ils nous seraient hautement bénéfiques !
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Nice book that builds on scientific arguments why one is more sucessfull when his/her mind is happy. Written in a very readable amusing style. It might not change your life tomorrow, but perhaps in a long run :)
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Une belle approche du bonheur et comment y accéder.

L'approche via sept points bien définit, illustré par des exemples amusants et/ou scientifiques. Chaque démarche est analysée depuis la constatation jusqu'à la preuve et la mise en œuvre. La lecture est très agréable.

Je le conseille fortement. J'ai déjà appliqué certains principes avec raison!

Je ne mets pas cinq étoiles car je ne peux pas affirmer encore que le bonheur est si "facilement" accessible.
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J'ai retenu des idées vraiment lumineuses de ce livre et le recommande à toutes personnes intéressées par l'intelligence émotionnelle... un puis de science et les références sont solides.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Year Later 4 mars 2014
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I saw Shawn Anchor's presentation on PBS where he explained a simple 5 minute technique called 'The 3 Gratitudes'.

I was brought up in a culture of pessimism and had 50 years of experience that was so deeply entrenched that I decided that I would be the perfect candidate for experimentation with such a simple exercise.

I've never had much luck trying to change my 'default mode' of negative self-concept (no matter how much therapy I've had or how many self-help books I've read) so I was really on a mission to prove this man and his ideas wrong! I listened to the whole book on tape to make sure I was doing it as explained in the television presentation and this is what I did:

It takes exactly 21 days to create a new neural pathway so you have to do the exercise everyday for 3 weeks. If you skip or forget to do it, you just keep going until you've done the exercise 21 times. If you find you're missing a lot it's just your old self trying to maintain the status quo. Tell yourself that it's less than 5 minutes a day and that you're out to prove the experiment wrong! (if you really find that you're resistant).

You want to find the part of your routine in the morning where you have a moment (well, 5 minutes) (when you're having a cup of tea or coffee for instance). Keep a notebook in that spot (at your desk or kitchen table). You must write out the experiment.

1). THE THREE GRATITUDES: Write down 3 things you are grateful for (no matter how simple or small). At first I could only write about the cup of tea I was drinking! It can be any three things big or small...As you get into this you'll get more creative and become strangely exuberant about what you feel grateful for.

2). THE DOUBLER: Next you want to take one of those three things and elaborate on it a bit (just a few sentences) OR pick a new gratitude to elaborate on. If you have more than a little time, write as much as you like.

3). THREE SMILES: Smile at 3 living creatures today (guys have to be a little careful about this one...ladies, it's easier for you but just be genuine and really smile!). Smile at your doggie, smile at your kitty, co-workers, toll-booth workers, babies, kids, old folks...

4). THE FUN-15: This one is the optional one but will speed up the process: You want to get 15 minutes of fresh air and exercise...a lovely walk with some sunshine if possible (if you're NOT up to this yet, you can add it in after 21 days when you feel better). This can be done at any time of the day, afternoon, evening (separate from the notebook work). If you already work out, you're all set.

5). CONNECT: Connect with one person today. It can even be an electronic connection...so, if you email your Mom or text a friend or your Sister, it still works!

That's all you have to do for 21 days. I started doing this about a year ago last February and after 21 days (I did not skip because I was out to prove the author wrong) I felt better. I felt a lot better. I decided that It had to be the placebo effect so I kept doing this exercise for 3 months! After 3 months I figured there was something to this neural construction thing (or whatever it's called) and I kept doing 'The 3 Gratitudes' straight through till August. I kept waiting for the music to stop but it didn't. In September I decided to experiment and I stopped doing the exercise just to see whether I would go back to default (after 7 months of being a happy, optimistic, creative and grateful person).

It has now been 7 more months of NOT doing The 3 Gratitudes and I've maintained 70-80% of the gain.

This month I have started doing the exercise again just because I WANT that 20% back! The only time I've slipped back into feelings of real pessimism was one week when I had the flu but it lifted as soon as I started recovering. It is interesting to note that the old neural networks still exist and don't go away but if you REPLACE them with better ones you can override the old belief system.

I've told my son, family members and a few friends about this marvelous phenomenon but no one is interested. I'm sharing this because it would be wonderful for me if someone could benefit from trying this too. I think people are reluctant because it sounds so corny! almost unbelievable and possibly outside some imagined comfort zone. All I know is I have a studio full of paintings and I feel kind of like that exuberant art-making kid before anyone told her that her world-view was wrong. If anyone has luck with this please leave me a message...I want to hear! P.S. Thank you Shawn Anchor.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 you’ll be happy. The success could be the raise in your ... 10 avril 2017
Par Ian Mann - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book, published six years ago, succinctly captures seven principles that will enhance anyone’s work life. While many of the ideas are found elsewhere, this is an engaging summary account. If you take the advice to heart, you will have a distinct advantage in the workplace. I will share just three principles.

The first is the debunking of a myth. The myth is that if you work hard, you can achieve success in your chosen field, and once you achieve success, you’ll be happy. The success could be the raise in your salary or position in the organization, status or great wealth.

Ground-breaking research in the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience, has demonstrated unequivocally that there is a relationship between success and happiness - however not in the direction we commonly assume.

Meta-analysis of happiness research of over 200 scientific studies on nearly 275,000 people, demonstrates that happiness leads to success in nearly every area of our lives, from marriage to health, and more specifically in our careers and businesses.

Success does not lead to happiness; happiness leads to success! Success is not the cause of happiness: it is the result of happiness as evidenced by literally thousands of scientific studies. This explains the title of the book – The Happiness Advantage.

One simple illustration was an experiment with 4-year olds that demonstrated the positive effects of happiness on solving puzzles. Some of the children were first asked to recall events that made them happy, and the others were simply asked to solve the puzzle. In the lives of 4-year olds, the event that made them happy was recalling the jelly they had at lunch, and this made them more successful. Similarly, happy recollections had a positive effect on the accuracy of doctors doing a complex diagnosis!

Finding anything in your day at work that makes you feel happier will make you more productive. While this may seem simplistic, the scientific evidence is unassailable, and it would be ridiculous not to use this insight. That is why sophisticated companies cultivate working environments where employees experience small bursts of happiness - sharing birthday cake or a quick game of pool.

You too could do this in your business.

Another principle for improving happiness and consequently success, Achor calls ‘the Tetris Effect’.
In one study students played Tetris, (a shape-forming computer game,) for hours. For days after the study, some participants literally couldn’t stop seeing the world as sets of Tetris shapes, from books on tables to actually dreaming about shapes falling from the sky.

This effect is called a “cognitive afterimage,” very similar to the dots in your vision seconds after someone takes a flash-photograph of you.

Achor describes work he had been doing with the tax accountant KPMG, to help their tax auditors and managers become happier. These are people who spend 8 to 14 hours a day finding errors in tax forms and like the students who had played Tetris, their brains were becoming wired to look for mistakes. “When they went home to their families, they noticed only the C’s on their kids’ report cards, never the A’s.”

The problem is being unable to compartmentalize abilities: athletes who can’t stop competing with their friends or families, and managers who can’t stop micromanaging their children’s lives. This is the negative Tetris Effect.

Imagine a way of seeing that constantly picked up on the positives in every situation - the Positive Tetris Effect: “Instead of creating a cognitive pattern that looks for negatives and blocks success, it trains our brains to scan the world for the opportunities and ideas, that allow our success rate to grow.”

Armed with positivity, the brain is open to possibility. “We can train our brains to let in these messages that make us more adaptive, more creative, and more motivated—messages that allow us to spot and pounce on more opportunities at work,” Achor explains.

A now well-known study of the U.S. MetLife insurance agents, found that the more positive agents sold 37% more insurance than the more negative ones. When the company committed to hire agents picked solely on the basis of their positive thinking style, these agents out-sold their more negative colleagues by 21% in their first year of work, and by 57% in their second.

The best way to kick-start this process is by listing the good things in your work and your life, daily. “In just five minutes a day, this trains the brain to become more skilled at noticing and focusing on possibilities for personal and professional growth, and seizing opportunities to act on them.”

Achor’s ‘Social Investment’ happiness principle, is putting time and effort into friends, peers, and family members, probably our greatest single asset class.

When disaster and collapse happened in the financial world in 2008, traders didn’t retreat to the stronghold of their teams in bars and coffee shops, as they normally did after a day of trading. They all walked off silent and alone. “At the very time that they needed one another most, they were forgoing their most valuable resource: their social support,” Achor notes.

It is so easy and common to retreat into our own shells at the very moment when we most need to be reaching out to others. However, the most successful people, instead of turning inward, hold more tightly to their social support. These people are not only happier, but they are more productive, energetic, and resilient.

The Harvard Men study, a 70-year study of 268 of Harvard freshmen in the late 1930s to the present, demonstrated that our relationships with other people matter more than anything else in the world. Bar none. When we have a spouse, family, friends, or colleagues we can count on, we multiply our emotional, intellectual, and physical abilities, recover from setbacks faster, and accomplish more.

In another study researching the characteristics of the happiest 10% of people, one characteristic stood out above all others: the strength of their social relationships.

If you must cut out some part of life to cope with the demands on your time, your social connections should be the last on the list. “When set adrift, it seems, those of us who hold on to our raftmates, not just our rafts, are the ones who will stay afloat,” says Achor pithily.

The value of this book lies in the specific, actionable, and proven principles that predict success and achievement, and that can and should be incorporated into one’s life. Doing so will give you the “happiness advantage” that has been proven to increase success.

Readability Light --+-- Serious
Insights High -+--- Low
Practical High -+--- Low

*Ian Mann of Gateways consults internationally on leadership and strategy and is the author of Strategy that Works.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great information - and fun to read! 16 septembre 2010
Par stewart b clifford - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read a lot of business books. Most of them are filled with helpful information. Frankly, most of them are also a little on the dry. "The Happiness Advantage" is different. It is filled with fascinating research and great ideas, and it is also a hoot to read. I found myself laughing out loud as I read the book.

Shawn Achor explains the latest research he and his colleagues in the field of positive psychology have conducted. The results are fascinating:

1) Our brains work better when they are "happy."

2) There are concrete things we can do to make our brains "happier."

3) We can also overcome our inclination to procrastinate and put off these exercises. (I found this section to be particularly interesting since I am a procrastinator).

4) When our brains are at "happy" that positivity will ripple out to others and can raise the productivity.

Give this book a look. The research shows that we (and our colleagues at work) can be more productive. And, if we are "happier" our boss will also perceive us as more positive, trustworthy, sincere and successful. Wow! And who wouldn't want to be happier at work - and at home?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Buy this book. Make sure it is the next book you buy. I can't recommend it enough 8 août 2016
Par jb4wiganfc - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Awesome book. The way the book is written helps one think about psychology, attitudes, desire and humans in a complete different way. If you are willing to take it on board then this book could change your life, both in professional and personal sphere. The author has a top 20 ranked TedTalk on a similar subject and topic.
The theme of positive psychology is one that has now grabbed my interest and makes me have a desire to change how I think, live and act. The longer that I think about the ideas and ideals in the book the more they resonate and make sense.
The author's background and qualifications are impeccable and I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to improve their life, mentality and outlook.
This was recommended to me during my MBA program by a mentor of a professor.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Read the book, change your life. 18 septembre 2014
Par M. Hoopes - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Happiness is not a result of success, but a precursor, even a prerequisite to it. Happiness indeed begets influence, wealth, intellectual and social growth, and nearly every desirable thing in life. And—here’s the secret--happiness is achieved by small, consistent, conscious acts taught by nearly every religion and school of self-improvement: kindness, gratitude, smiling, social interaction, compliments, and (drum roll) actively looking for the positive.

What makes Happiness Advantage compelling is the scientific research, hard statistics, and rigorous studies in which it is anchored, illustrated delightfully with entertaining anecdotes, surprising outcomes of psychological experiments. Doctors reaching diagnoses twice as fast when they are made happier (with candy!) before tackling the problem. Students showing measurable improvement in grades because they socialize more. 75-year-old men showing measurable improvements in health and sharpness after spending a week pretending it’s 20 years earlier.

The health, wealth, success, influence, progress and general outstandingness promised by adhering to the prescriptions for happiness seem exhausting; but the advice is simple and specific, the results—speaking from experience now—undeniable. The eternal search for the Secret of Life just may be over, not with an explosion but in these pages that prove, detail, and teach us to apply what we’ve known all along. A leisurely, insightful and very possibly life-changing read.
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