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About Shawn Achor
Recently, Shawn sat down with Oprah at her house to discuss the science of happiness, defining success and how we can bring the powerful research-based techniques of positive psychology to the world. To share the message that happiness is a choice, Shawn and The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) created an in-depth, two-part Happiness Course to help individuals impact their own lives and the lives of those around them with the Happiness Advantage.
Shawn's research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his research and work on stress in partnership with Yale University at UBS was published in the The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology [http://happierforlife.com/rethink-stress-study/], and his PBS special has been seen by millions. Shawn has worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as the NFL, the NBA, the Pentagon and the White House. His talks have taken him to more than 50 countries, where he has spoken to CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai, schoolchildren in South Africa, and farmers in Zimbabwe.
Find out more about Shawn and his science of happiness research at ShawnAchor.com.
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“Thoughtfully lays out the steps to increasing workplace positivity.”—Forbes
In the book that inspired one of the most popular TED Talks of all time, New York Times bestselling author Shawn Achor reveals how rewiring our brain for happiness helps us achieve more in our careers and our relationships and as students, leaders, and parents.
Conventional wisdom holds that once we succeed, we’ll be happy; that once we get that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But the science reveals this formula to be backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around.
Research shows that happy employees are more productive, more creative, and better problem solvers than their unhappy peers. And positive people are significantly healthier and less stressed and enjoy deeper social interaction than the less positive people around them.
Drawing on his original research—including one of the largest studies of happiness ever conducted—and work in boardrooms and classrooms across forty-two countries, Achor shows us how to rewire our brains for positivity and optimism to reap the happiness advantage in our lives, our careers, and even our health. His strategies include:
• The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility so we can see and seize opportunities all around us
• Social Investment: how to earn the dividends of a strong social support network
• The Ripple Effect: how to spread positive change within our teams, companies, and families
By turns fascinating, hopeful, and timely, The Happiness Advantage reveals how small shifts in our mind-set and habits can produce big gains at work, at home, and elsewhere.
In a world that thrives on competition and individual achievement, we are measuring and pursuing potential all wrong. By pursuing success in isolation - pushing others away as we push ourselves too hard - we are not just limiting our potential, we are becoming more stressed and disconnected than ever.
In his highly anticipated follow-up to The Happiness Advantage, Achor reveals a better approach. Drawing on his work in 50 countries, he shows that success and happiness are not competitive sports. Rather, they depend almost entirely on how well we connect with, relate to, and learn from each other.
Just as happiness is contagious, every dimension of human potential - performance, intelligence, creativity, leadership ability and health - is influenced by those around us. So when we help others become better, we reach new levels of potential, as well. Rather than fighting over scraps of the pie, we can expand the pie instead.
Small Potential is the limited success we can attain alone. BIG Potential is what we can achieve together. Here, Achor offers five strategies - the SEEDS of Big Potential--for lifting the ceiling on what we can achieve while returning happiness and meaning to our lives.
The dramatic shifts in how we approach work today demand an equally dramatic shift in our approach to success. Big Potential offers a new path to thriving in the modern world.
In his international bestseller, The Happiness Advantage, Harvard trained researcher Shawn Achor described why happiness is the precursor to greater success. This book is about what comes before both. Because before we can be happy or successful, we need to first develop the ability to see that positive change is possible. Only once we learn to see the world through a more positive lens can we summon all our motivation, emotion, and intelligence to achieve our personal and professional goals.
In Before Happiness, Achor reveals five actionable, proven strategies for changing our lens to positive:
- The Most Valuable Reality: See a broader range of ideas and solutions by changing the details on which your brain chooses to focus
- Success Mapping: Set goals oriented around the things in life that matter to you most, whether career advancement or family or making a difference in the world
- The X-spot: Use success accelerants to propel you more quickly towards those goals, whether finishing a marathon, reaching a sales target, learning a language, or losing 10 pounds
- Noise-Canceling: Boost the signal pointing you to opportunities and possibilities that others miss
- Positive Inception: Transfer these skills to your team, your employees, and everyone around you
By mastering these strategies, you’ll create an renewable source of positivity, motivation, and engagement that will allow you to reach your fullest potential in everything you do.
"[How to Make a Shark Smile] teaches that a gesture as simple as a smile can have a profound effect on others."—Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home
A story about choosing happiness and the ripple effect of a positive mindset. Includes seven happiness exercises at the back of the book to encourage kids to fit them in every single day!
Ripple the dolphin just moved to a new aquarium and is excited to make some friends! But as she swims around, she notices the water is still and quiet. The eels have no zing. The neon fishes don't glow. The seahorses aren't horsing around. Everyone's too afraid of a mean shark named Snark!
Ripple is determined to show her new friends that they shouldn't be afraid—it's all about mindset. They can choose to be happy!
But just as the aquarium begins to liven up, Snark the shark shows up ready to prove Ripple wrong. Can Ripple get Snark to smile too?
Bestselling authors and happiness experts Shawn Achor and Amy Blankson invite you to dive in and learn how you can spread joy to those around you with Ripple and her friends.Perfect for:
"Shawn Achor ist lustig, selbstironisch und stellt die etablierten Vorstellungen von Glück auf den Kopf … Man wird zu Wachs in seinen Händen."
— THE BOSTON GLOBE
Eine Alltagsweisheit besagt, dass wir glücklich werden, sobald wir Erfolg haben – wir müssen nur noch diesen großartigen Job bekommen, die schöne Wohnung ergattern oder zwei weitere Kilo abnehmen. Die neuesten Untersuchungen der Positiven Psychologie zeigen, dass dieses Prinzip längst überholt ist, denn Glück fördert Erfolg, nicht umgekehrt.
In DAS HAPPINESS-PRINZIP stellt der New-York-Times-Bestseller-Autor sein bahnbrechendes Konzept vor. Er zeigt auf, wie kleine Veränderungen in unserer Denkweise und unseren Gewohnheiten Großes bewirken können. Dazu hat er sieben Bausteine für ein erfolgreiches Leben erarbeitet, beispielsweise:
DER ANGELPUNKT UND DER HEBEL: Wie eine Veränderung der Mentalität die eigene Leistungsfähigkeit steigert
DER TETRIS-EFFEKT: Wie Sie Ihre Möglichkeiten voll ausschöpfen, indem Sie das Gehirn trainieren
DIE 20-SEKUNDEN-REGEL: Wie durch den Abbau von Hindernissen aus schlechten Angewohnheiten gute werden
SHAWN ACHOR beweist, dass glückliche Menschen bessere Problemlöser sind, bedeutend gesünder leben, tiefere soziale Bindungen haben und resistenter gegen Stress sind. Dieses Buch ist für alle gedacht, die ihr volles Leistungspotenzial in allen Lebensbereichen ausschöpfen wollen!