Happiness Advantage Book Review

Largely based on the book “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor

“The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor proposes that happiness leads to success, contrary to the common belief that success leads to happiness. The book presents seven principles that individuals can use to improve their performance and achieve a more positive and fulfilling life. These principles are:

  1. The Happiness Advantage: Being happy gives us a competitive edge by improving our brain’s performance, which in turn boosts our creativity, intelligence, and energy levels.
  2. The Fulcrum and the Lever: By changing our attitude and mindset (the fulcrum), we can achieve greater success (the lever).
  3. The Tetris Effect: By training our brain to recognize patterns of opportunity, we can see—and seize—opportunities wherever we look.
  4. Falling Up: Failure and setbacks can be stepping stones to success if we learn from them and use them as a springboard.
  5. The Zorro Circle: By focusing on small, manageable goals, we can gain control over our situation, which helps to build momentum and achieve bigger success over time.
  6. The 20-Second Rule: By reducing barriers to change by a mere 20 seconds at a time, we can form good habits and break bad ones.
  7. Social Investment: Investing in social bonds, during good times and bad, is one of the most important choices we can make for our happiness and success.

By applying these principles, individuals can foster a positive mindset that will help them to be more productive, resilient, and successful in their personal and professional lives

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