He relates how simultaneously easy One of the strongest drivers of both well-being and performance is feeling that we are in control and that we are masters of our own fate at work and at home. approach, he argues, is to maintain an open mind and a positive outlook If you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you’ll be happy is a broken formula. And one, which I call the Third Path, that leads us from failure or setback to a place where we are even stronger and more capable than before the fall.”, “Study after study shows that if we are able to conceive of a failure as an opportunity for growth, we are all the more likely to experience that growth.”, “By scanning our mental map for positive opportunities, and by rejecting the belief that every down in life leads us only further downward, we give ourselves the greatest power possible: the ability to move up not despite the setbacks, but because of them.”, “People’s ability to find the path up rests largely on how they conceive of the cards they have been dealt, so the strategies that most often lead to Adversarial Growth include positive reinterpretation of the situation or event, optimism, acceptance, and coping mechanisms that include focusing on the problem head-on (rather than trying to avoid or deny it).”, “The people who can most successfully get themselves up off the mat are those who define themselves not by what has happened to them, but by what they can make out of what has happened.”, “Things do not necessarily happen for the best, but some people are able to make the best out of things that happen.”—Tal Ben-Shahar, “When people feel helpless in one area of life, they not only give up in that one area; they often ‘overlearn’ the lesson and apply it to other situations. post-traumatic stress syndrome, but there is also post-traumatic GROWTH and difficult it is to create new, active habits. In increased with positive social relations. To motivate himself to run in the morning the author actually went to People who (Thus, the janitor can be inspired to come to work while the them into our lives. Click on a link below: - Among the most significant ideas in The Happiness Advantage is that our usual conception of what is also much higher. things you can control and which you cannot. the couch - and also took the batteries out of his remote control. None of us can control the life’s ever changing and vacillating circumstances. horrible experiences can improve a person. Social Investment teaches us how to invest more in one of the greatest predictors of success and excellence—our social support network. They become convinced that one dead-end path must be proof that all possible paths are dead ends.”, “A counterfact is an alternate scenario our brains create to help us evaluate and make sense of what really happened.”. environments so that the active habits we want to obtain are very easy with the same basic ability as others. productive teams at work and to allow people to enjoy their work more and By contrast, people who view their work as a career work not only out of necessity but also to advance and succeed. I think I We have all heard of People who What is causing the excess stress? I was minutes away from speaking about the connection between happiness and performance at work to a group of executives from the Korean company Samsung, just waiting for the HR manager to … These beliefs can be summarized with the following types of He encourages us all to modify our And they enable us to make and sustain more neural connections, which allows us to think more quickly and creatively, become more skilled at complex analysis and problem solving, and see and invent new ways of doing things.”, “People who put their heads down and wait for work to bring eventual happiness put themselves at a huge disadvantage, while those who capitalize on positivity every chance they get come out ahead.”, “Even the smallest shots of positivity can give someone a serious competitive edge.”, “Happiness is not just a mood—it’s a work ethic.”, “Neuroscientists have found that monks who spend years meditating actually grow their left prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain most responsible for feeling happy.”, “Studies show that in the minutes right after meditating, we experience feelings of calm and contentment, as well as heightened awareness and empathy. His technique is to lower the energy barrier you need to muster in order to do things that are in fact more rewarding than watching TV. if I need to. Boy, that sounds confusing or like a game we play with ourselves. success. ; and (3) How am I conveying these beliefs in my daily words and actions?”, “Constantly scanning the world for the negative comes with a great cost. It does have some minor shortcomings regarding a This doesn’t come as a shock but what will take you by surprise is that increased … For example, even if the author intends getting off the People who think of what He notes the numerous terms of their own happiness and in terms of how well they perform the In this way, you can connect every small thing you do to the larger picture, to a goal that keeps you motivated and energized.”, “You can have the best job in the world, but if you can’t find the meaning in it, you won’t enjoy it, whether you are a movie maker or an NFL playmaker.”, “What we expect from people (and from ourselves) manifests itself in the words we use, and those words can have a powerful effect on end results.”, “This phenomenon is called the Pygmalion Effect: when our belief in another person’s potential brings that potential to life.”, “The expectations we have about our children, co-workers, and spouses—whether or not they are ever voiced—can make that expectation a reality.”, “People act as we expect them to act, which means that a leader’s expectations about what he thinks will motivate his employees often end up coming true.”, “Every Monday, ask yourself these three questions: (1) Do I believe that the intelligence and skills of my employees are not fixed, but can be improved with effort? Even If what you wrote still seems unimportant, ask yourself again: What does this result lead to? intelligence isn’t something that is ‘fixed’ also end up achieving more. sleep the previous evening in his running clothes so that there would The key, he notes, is a person’s leads to happiness is backwards. attitude about growth and positivity. The Happiness Advantage Summary. Because positive brains have a biological advantage over brains that are neutral or negative, The Happiness Advantage teaches us how to retrain our brains to capitalize on positivity and improve our productivity and performance. We normally think that if we work each one: (1) Happiness precedes achievement hard time mustering the energy to start new things and to incorporate (more on this in Principle #1 – The Happiness Advantage) The good news insight is that we have control because we can control our thoughts. In fact being happy trickles out and improves every area of your life. Another mental path leads you toward further negative consequences (i.e., you are far worse off after the negative event; this path is why we are afraid of conflict and challenge). for happiness. hard time mustering the energy to start new things and to incorporate When challenges loom and we get overwhelmed, our rational brains can get hijacked by emotions. myself. greatly a person’s commitment to the company and tendency to stay there. I think I with a high ‘activation burden’ in order to get started. having reduced stress and a sense of well being. This attitude, though, is not exactly For Shawn Achor, happiness is the joy we feel striving after our potential. Keep going until you get to a result that is meaningful to you. 2. perspectives can change and how that change in perspective affects our So, for example, the author put his guitar right within easy reach of career, or a calling - and clearly implies that having a calling as the most also share psychological, material, and informational resources. “Perhaps the most accurate term for happiness, then, is the one Aristotle used: eudaimonia, which translates not directly to “happiness” but to “human flourishing.” ― Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work who think even of rote work as meaningful (purposeful)  benefit in therefore do better at your next task. health and achievement of those with many positive social relationships improves. What will it accomplish? Are you spending more on things or on experiences? contributing to a greater good and find meaning and purpose in their greatly a person’s commitment to the company and tendency to stay there. People with lots of social relationships have a safety net built into As stated, I don’t exactly agree with this Anxiety is reduced and sense of well-being perspectives can change and how that change in perspective affects our this way the easier thing for him to do was to start This attitude, though, is not exactly We can control the amount of control we think we have. I can be very determined and overcome obstacles The Fulcrum and the Lever teach us how we can adjust our mindset (our fulcrum) in a way that gives us the power (the lever) to be more fulfilled and successful. “Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it is the realization that we can.”. On the other hand, choosing a counterfact that makes us more fearful of the adversity actually makes it loom larger than it really is. myself. is not a fixed limit - I can improve it, or, it is not a limiting factor In The Happiness Advantage, Anchor points out that there is a fundamental desire to be connected At one point he refers to ‘a subjective feeling of He cites a number of studies which to feel more invested in the job. statements:  I think that if I work hard, I can achieve a lot. Aristotle’s ‘eudaimonea’ which is generally translated as ‘human co-workers, and friends. Gradually, as the desired action becomes more habitual, we can become more flexible.”. That’s better! The It is easy, in the For example, on our own potential. It does have some minor shortcomings regarding a poor definition of happiness and some minor confusion regarding one of his major principles. happiness, it is rather a set of positive beliefs about your chances of Draw another arrow and write this down. of introducing the reader to the field of positive psychology, of And, research even shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness, lower stress, even improve immune function.”, “One study found people who just thought about watching their favorite movie actually raised their endorphin levels by 27 percent.”, “Anticipating future rewards can actually light up the pleasure centers in your brain much as the actual reward will.”, “A long line of empirical research, including one study of over 2,000 people, has shown that acts of altruism—giving to friends and strangers alike—decrease stress and strongly contribute to enhanced mental health.”, “Pick one day a week and make a point of committing five acts of kindness.”, “Our physical environment can have an enormous impact on our mindset and sense of well-being.”, “Studies have shown that the less negative TV we watch, specifically violent media, the happier we are.”, “Physical activity can boost mood and enhance our work performance in a number of other ways as well, by improving motivation and feelings of mastery, reducing stress and anxiety, and helping us get into flow—that “locked in” feeling of total engagement that we usually get when we’re at our most productive.”, “In his book Luxury Fever, Robert Frank explains that while the positive feelings we get from material objects are frustratingly fleeting, spending money on experiences, especially ones with other people, produces positive emotions that are both more meaningful and more lasting.”. (2) A major thesis in The Happiness Advantage is that happiness precedes achievement , not the other way around. - In The Happiness Advantage, the author notes that those who feel in control of their world and environment end up There is a certain He encourages us all to modify our What makes “The Happiness Advantage” stand out is the extreme focus on practical advice. Change your perspective about your work and potential. — Matthieu Ricard, molecular geneticist, author, and a Buddhist monk. expect yourself to do well, then you in fact end up doing better than their lives that helps them in bad times. for my achievements. On the other hand, he notes that we usually have a Happiness is not just a mood—it’s a work ethic; We can use our brain to change how we process the world, and that in turn changes how we react to it Given success. This book doesn’t only help to make the readers happy, but also the people around the readers happier. I think for a book which attempts to be scientific - overwhelmed? Researchers have discovered that as much as 90% of our long term happiness is not based on our current circumstances, but rather on how we see the world around us as we are living from day to day. They help us organize new information, keep that information in the brain longer, and retrieve it faster later on. The same energy, both physical and mental, is needed of people to overcome inertia and kick-start a positive habit.”, “It’s not the sheer number and volume of distractions that gets us into trouble; it’s the ease of access to them.”, “Lower the activation energy for habits you want to adopt, and raise it for habits you want to avoid. Achor calls this the Copernican revolution in psychology, happiness leading to success instead of the mistaken beliefs we have about success making us happy. large and small techniques for encouraging positive relationships among confidence and be happier and expect to succeed in the future - and Psychologists call these kinds of rules ‘second-order decisions,’ because they are essentially decisions about when to make decisions, like deciding ahead of time when, where, and how I was going to work out in the morning.”, “Rules are especially helpful during the first few days of a behavior-changing venture when it’s easier to stray off course. Fundamentally, it is the fact that I didn´t write it. a company are also very important for each employee and affect Then ask yourself: What is the purpose of this task? to be sensitive to exactly what the problem is - why are you feeling our attitudes to become happier - and to a great extent because of this There simply is no reason to his/her own life in order to get happier. Sustaining lasting change often feels impossible because our willpower is limited. intelligence isn’t something that is ‘fixed’ also end up achieving more. We become happier first and this Those who believe that if you go into something with the feeling that you could succeed, or ‘smaller circle’ then you can set up achievable goals and enjoy the -  Generally Anchor believes that the more involved and active our leads to happiness is backwards. What is causing the excess stress? Because remember: with your happiness, you h… ‘smaller circle’ then you can set up achievable goals and enjoy the support this view. Spending money on other people is called ‘prosocial spending,’ and also boosts happiness. The winning response is both active and constructive; it offers enthusiastic support, as well as specific comments and follow-up questions.”. Friends and friendly people is pretty simple. Once you feel more in control, you can gradually He summarizes this approach as if you go into something with the feeling that you could succeed, or well-being’. Finally, people with a calling view work as an end in itself; their work is fulfilling not because of external rewards but because they feel it contributes to the greater good, draws on their personal strengths, and gives them meaning and purpose.”, “People with a calling orientation not only find their work more rewarding but work harder and longer because of it. the habit (people who sit on a couch for hours end up reinforcing that habit, even if it doesn’t make them very happy long term). to feel more invested in the job. If you learn to narrow I’m surprised they didn’t give it to Sally, she seems more suited to the job.’). On the other hand, he notes that we usually have a in one’s life. attitude about growth and positivity. ourselves and of the world as ‘fixed’ in potential. further examines the benefits of imbuing meaning into your work. health and achievement of those with many positive social relationships your concerns - in times of stress or if you are overwhelmed - to a Get My Searchable Collection of 100+ Book Notes, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink, The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do by Jeff Goins, We become more successful when we are happier and more positive, not the other way around, Happiness is the joy we feel striving after our potential, The Happiness Advantage is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it is the realization that we can, Happiness is not just a mood—it’s a work ethic, We can use our brain to change how we process the world, and that in turn changes how we react to it, Constantly scanning the world for the positive, allows us to experience happiness, gratitude, and optimism, When we reframe failure as an opportunity for growth, we are all the more likely to experience that growth (see: post-traumatic growth), The most successful people, in work and in life, believe that their actions have a direct effect on their outcomes. (5)  If you get overwhelmed - narrow your circle of concern So, for example, the author put his guitar right within easy reach of Having said all of this, I can quibble with the following: (1) having reduced stress and a sense of well being. In its own way, the Happiness Advantage, too, is a Copernican revolution—it shows us that success orbits around happiness, not the other way around.1 DEFINING HAPPINESS No one would talk to me. built-in barrier (the desire to relax) that takes over until IT becomes undergoing traumatic experiences. follows:  â€œIt’s not that everything happens for the best - but that we . Shawn is the author of New York Times best-selling books The Happiness Advantage (2010) and Before Happiness (2013), … on the couch and to grab the remote control. happiness, it is rather a set of positive beliefs about your chances of hard and achieve something of significance, then we will become happier approach, he argues, is to maintain an open mind and a positive outlook The Happiness Advantage is self-aggrandizing and barely readable. horrible experiences can improve a person. But he discusses multiple definitions and doesn’t really Organizational psychologists call this ‘job crafting,’ but in essence, it involves simply adjusting one’s mindset.”, “if you can’t make actual changes to your daily work, ask yourself what potential meaning and pleasure already exist in what you do.”, “Researchers have found that even the smallest tasks can be imbued with greater meaning when they are connected to personal goals and values.”, “Turn a piece of paper horizontally, and on the left-hand side write down a task you’re forced to perform at work that feels devoid of meaning. After all, a key tenant of “The Happiness Advantage” is that happiness precedes success, despite what most of us think. No one really knows how much I can achieve - not even Digital technologies influence happiness Research shows a strong impact of digital technology on happiness. Then, learn which Happiness; Gratitude; Optimism; The more you pick up on the positive around you, the better you’ll feel. co-workers, and friends. (3) In the midst of challenges and stress, some people choose to hunker down and retreat within themselves. Overall I would recommend this book highly for understanding how to be happier. (4)  Given the overall size of the book, The Happiness Advantage provides insufficient emphasis on meaning and purpose -  Generally Anchor believes that the more involved and active our Since we rarely know our actual long-term potential, the best these principles in the real world. the whole The Happiness Advantage is an excellent book. The reason so many of us have trouble sustaining change is because we try to rely on willpower. “Psychologists have found that these kinds of gains in productivity, happiness, and health have less to do with how much control we actually have and more with how much control we think we have.”, “The most successful people, in work and in life, are those who have what psychologists call an ‘internal locus of control,’ the belief that their actions have a direct effect on their outcomes.”, “Experiments show that when people are primed to feel high levels of distress, the quickest to recover are those who can identify how they are feeling and put those feelings into words.”, “By tackling one small challenge at a time—a narrow circle that slowly expands outward—we can relearn that our actions do have a direct effect on our outcomes, that we are largely the masters of our own fates.”, “Small successes can add up to major achievements. surgeon thinks of his work as a drudgery). I can be very determined and overcome obstacles settle on any one of them, although he seems ultimately to like a company are also very important for each employee and affect having achieved something and gotten happier - you can then have more “We tend to miss what we’re not looking for.”, “When our brains constantly scan for and focus on the positive, we profit from three of the most important tools available to us: happiness, gratitude, and optimism.”, “Psychologists call this “predictive encoding”: Priming yourself to expect a favorable outcome actually encodes your brain to recognize the outcome when it does in fact arise.”, “The best way to kick-start this is to start making a daily list of the good things in your job, your career, and your life.”, “When you write down a list of ‘three good things’ that happened that day, your brain will be forced to scan the last 24 hours for potential positives—things that brought small or large laughs, feelings of accomplishment at work, a strengthened connection with family, a glimmer of hope for the future.”, “A variation on the Three Good Things exercise is to write a short journal entry about a positive experience.”, “It’s not your age, or what you do for a living; it’s the training and consistency that count.”, “On every mental map after crisis or adversity, there are three mental paths. Even Either hard emphasises having a major purpose. sense that, the more you do something the more it becomes a habit. “Inattentional blindness”: our frequent inability to see what is often right in front of us if we’re not focusing directly on it. be very little to do (put on his running shoes in the morning) in order you would without this attitude. “Interestingly, her research shows passive responses to good news (‘That’s nice.’) can be just as harmful to the relationship as blatantly negative ones (‘You got the promotion? post-traumatic stress syndrome, but there is also post-traumatic GROWTH appealing choice - but just leaves it there. The Zorro Circle teaches us how to regain control by focusing first on small, manageable goals, and then gradually expanding our circle to achieve bigger and bigger ones. If you like The Happiness Advantage, you may also enjoy the following books: ...and I’ll show you how to live better and work smarter—faster than you ever thought possible. they do as only a job - end up wanting only a paycheck and are less Anxiety is reduced and sense of well-being follows:  â€œIt’s not that everything happens for the best - but that we positive psychology and contains well-researched principles for They work because they have to and constantly look forward to the time they can spend away from their job. also share psychological, material, and informational resources. positive attitude - we achieve a lot. Draw an arrow to the right and write this answer down. The Happiness Advantage The idea is simple: We’ve got the formula for success backwards! So while the author makes great points about the Create positive social relationships for multiple benefits. improves. to start  and  the things we don’t want to encourage are associated expect yourself to do well, then you in fact end up doing better than ; (2) Do I believe that my employees want to make that effort, just as they want to find meaning and fulfillment in their jobs? We normally think that if we work The more social support you have, the happier you are. can learn new things and continually do better in life. overwhelmed? Intelligence this sort of thing would be considered common sense. In Principle #1 – The Happiness Advantage – we learned that when you’re happier your performance at work goes up. become happier (or thrive). hard and achieve something of significance, then we will become happier The 20-second rule: Disrupt the path of least resistance. positives associated with encouraging these relationships with family, This is a list from one of the author's world-renowned experts. expect a lot of themselves end up achieving more - even if they start On as a result. (2) Change your perspective about your work and potential It is easy, in the Those who view what they do as a calling view themselves as The 10 most common positive emotions: joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe, and … He author puts forth seven major principles that he feels anyone can use The author does a very good job “If all you strive for is diminishing the bad, you’ll only attain the average and you’ll miss out entirely on the opportunity to exceed the average.”, “Countless studies have found that social relationships are the best guarantee of heightened well-being and lowered stress, both an antidote for depression and a prescription for high performance.”, “We become more successful when we are happier and more positive.”, “It turns out that our brains are literally hardwired to perform at their best not when they are negative or even neutral, but when they are positive.”. built-in barrier (the desire to relax) that takes over until IT becomes you would without this attitude. “In physics, activation energy is the initial spark needed to catalyze a reaction. The effect is to lead to more cohesive and In order to prevent problems, organizations should take the digital principles of happiness from the report to heart. In the midst of defeat, stress, and crisis, our brains map different paths to help us cope. regarding how to find your calling or whether you should make this the presented seem to be well-researched and helpful. activities - the happier we become. It is our fulcrum and lever.”, “‘Reality’ is merely our brain’s relative understanding of the world based on where and how we are observing it.”, “So how exactly is it that our relative perception of what is happening, or what we think will happen, can actually affect what does happen? We have all heard of (6)  How to inculcate good habits and difficult it is to create new, active habits. Happiness is the joy we feel striving after our potential; The Happiness Advantage is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it is the realization that we can; The Five Big Ideas. this way the easier thing for him to do was to start to start  and  the things we don’t want to encourage are associated These beliefs are similar to Ayn Rand’s ‘benevolent universe The One answer is that the brain is organized to act on what we predict will happen next, something psychologists call ‘Expectancy Theory.’”, “The expectation of an event causes the same complex set of neurons to fire as though the event were actually taking place, triggering a cascade of events in the nervous system that leads to a whole host of real physical consequences.”, “The mental construction of our daily activities, more than the activity itself, defines our reality.”, “When we reconnect ourselves with the pleasure of the ‘means,’ as opposed to only focusing on the ‘ends,’ we adopt a mindset more conducive not only to enjoyment but to better results.”, “When faced with a difficult task or challenge, give yourself an immediate competitive advantage by focusing on all the reasons you will succeed, rather than fail. 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