The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

Work hard. Become successful. Then be happy.

That’s a formula that you’ve probably heard and seen before, many, many times. It’s a formula that’s ingrained in our culture.

Lose 5 pounds, then you’ll be happy. Get a new car, then you’ll be happy. Hit your sales target this quarter, then you’ll be happy.

The only problem with this formula is that it isn’t true.

If it was true, then every student who receives an acceptance letter to the school of their dreams, or employee that receives a promotion, or achieved any goal of any kind should be happy. But there is always the next thing to achieve, which leads to an endless cycle of searching for happiness in all the wrong places.

Consider this quote from the actor Jim Carrey:

I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.

Luckily for us, Shawn Achor is here to give us the inside scoop on how happiness actually works, and why we’ve got the formula exactly backwards – that happiness and optimism actually fuel performance, and is not the result of it.

The 7 principles you are about to learn are the culmination of Achor’s life work and research on 1,600 Harvard students, and dozens of Fortune 500 companies worldwide.

So buckle up, and get ready to learn how to be happy, so you can be more successful.