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Conventional wisdom of our time tells us that working hard makes us more successful, and being more successful leads to greater happiness. However, as Harvard researcher Shawn Achor points out in this thought-provoking book, recent discoveries in ‘positive psychology’ have shown that this happiness formula needs to be flipped around: happiness fuels success and not the other way around. Achor uses stories and case studies from his work with many Fortune 500 companies from all around the world to show how we can “reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work”. The lessons show how we can reap the “benefits of a happier and more positive mindset to achieve extraordinary results”. Seven practical principles of the Happiness Advantage that can help lead to improved performance and maximized potential are presented in a must-read for “everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity”.
Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US. Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry. She coaches individual on achieving their reflected best selves. An MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment.