The Happiness Advantage

The Happiness Advantage Author Shawn Achor
ISBN-10 9781448112616
Release 2011-09-30
Pages 256
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Most people want to be successful in life. And of course, everyone wants to be happy. When it comes to the pursuit of success and happiness, most people assume the same formula: if you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you'll be happy. The only problem is that a decade of cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology has proven that this formula is backwards. Success does not beget happiness. Based on the largest study ever conducted on happiness and human potential (a survey conducted by the author of more than 1,600 students), Harvard lecturer Shawn Achor shares seven core principles of positive psychology that each one of us can use to improve our performance, grow our careers, and gain a competitive edge at work. He reveals how happiness actually fuels success and performance, not the other way around. Why? Because when we are happier and more positive we are more engaged, creative, resilient to stress, and productive. The Happiness Advantage will appeal to anyone who wants practical advice on how to become happier and also more successful.



Before Happiness

Before Happiness Author Shawn Achor
ISBN-10 9780753549650
Release 2013-09-12
Pages 272
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Do you want to achieve success in your personal and professional endeavours? The first step is to see a reality where success is possible. Only when we choose to believe we live in a world in which challenges can be overcome, in which our behaviour matters, and in which change is possible can we summon all our drive, energy, and emotional and intellectual resources to make that change possible. In Before Happiness, Shawn Achor, former Harvard professor, and bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage introduces a groundbreaking new theory about success and human potential. Achor shows how a positive mindset is the best predictor of motivation, engagement and performance in the workplace and in your personal life and offers five practical, actionable strategies for creating this mindset that will make us more successful at work and at home: 1)Add vantage points – how to select the most valuable reality 2)Map to success – mapping success greatly increases the chance you will get there 3)Finding the X Spot – proven techniques for harnessing your cognitive abilities 4)Boost the signal by cancelling the noise – how to cancel negative noise 5)Positive Inception – how to spread positive reality to others Backed by science, great stories, and research-based strategies, by the time you finish this book, you will have a complete understanding of exactly how to create a better reality and magnify the volume of happiness and success in your life, and equally important, transfer that positive reality to others.



Unlocking Happiness at Work

Unlocking Happiness at Work Author Jennifer Moss
ISBN-10 9780749478087
Release 2016-09-03
Pages 240
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Unlocking Happiness at Work takes you on a journey into why and how leaders should become compassionate capitalists and ensure that their teams thrive. This book debunks the myth that happiness at work is a waste of time and demonstrates how it can deliver a more productive and engaged workforce, which can have real impact on the bottom line. Based on two decades of scientific research, real-time data, interviews and case studies, this book proves that happiness fuels higher performance, provides a greater sense of purpose and spreads passion throughout organizations. With insightful practical guidance throughout, Unlocking Happiness at Work is a lively and persuasive exploration of how to be happier and make others happier through the power of habits, emotional intelligence and an innovative approach to work/life flow. Case studies from lululemon, Zappos, Misfit Inc, The Body Shop and more are supported by tangible data and key performance indicators that show the significant benefits that come from adopting a happiness strategy. This is an essential resource for leaders who want to increase sustainability, attract new talent, improve their brand and boost profitability - in a way that is life-enhancing for them and their people.



Broadcasting Happiness

Broadcasting Happiness Author Michelle Gielan
ISBN-10 9781941631317
Release 2015-08-11
Pages 224
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Broadcasting Happiness will "inspire you and change your life." —Parade Magazine We are all broadcasters. As managers, colleagues, parents and friends, we are constantly transmitting information to the people around us, and the messages we choose to broadcast create success or hold us back. What’s your broadcast? New research from the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience shows that small shifts in the way we communicate can create big ripple effects on business and educational outcomes, including 31 percent higher productivity, 25 percent better performance ratings, 37 percent higher sales, and 23 percent lower levels of stress. In Broadcasting Happiness, Michelle Gielan, former national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, shows you how changing your broadcast changes your power by sharing jaw-dropping stories and incredible research. Learn Michelle’s simple research-based communication habits that have been featured in her PBS program Inspire Happiness and Oprah’s 21 Days to Happiness class. Broadcasting Happiness will help you: - Inoculate your brain against stress and negativity by fact-checking challenges - Drive success by leading a conversation or communication with positivity - Rewrite debilitating thought patterns and turn them into fuel for resilience and growth - Deal with negative people in a way that lessens their power - Share bad news more effectively to increase future social capital - Create and sustain a positive culture at work or home by creating contagious optimism - Help the people you care about most move from negative to positive in seconds Broadcasting Happiness showcases how real individuals and organizations have used these techniques to achieve results that include increasing revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars, raising a school district's graduation rate by 45 percent, and shifting family gatherings from toxic to thriving. Changing your broadcast can change your life, your success, and the lives of others around you. Broadcasting Happiness will show you how!



Ripple s Effect

Ripple s Effect Author Shawn Achor
ISBN-10 0982993870
Release 2012
Pages 32
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Let a dolphin (and her smile) be your guide on the journey to happines.



Into the Magic Shop

Into the Magic Shop Author James R. Doty, MD
ISBN-10 9780698404021
Release 2016-02-02
Pages 288
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The award-winning New York Times bestseller about the extraordinary things that can happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. But back then his life was at a dead end until at twelve he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. Instead he met Ruth, a woman who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. Her final mandate was that he keep his heart open and teach these techniques to others. She gave him his first glimpse of the unique relationship between the brain and the heart. Doty would go on to put Ruth’s practices to work with extraordinary results—power and wealth that he could only imagine as a twelve-year-old, riding his orange Sting-Ray bike. But he neglects Ruth’s most important lesson, to keep his heart open, with disastrous results—until he has the opportunity to make a spectacular charitable contribution that will virtually ruin him. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Into the Magic Shop shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts.



Happiness at Work

Happiness at Work Author Jessica Pryce-Jones
ISBN-10 9781119965749
Release 2011-09-20
Pages 254
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Sharing the results of her four-year research journey in simple, jargon-free language, Pryce-Jones exposes the secrets of being happy at work. Focuses on what happiness really means in a work context and why it matters to individuals and organisations in both human and financial terms Equips readers with the information, knowledge and skills to make the most of the nearly 100,000 hours that they'll spend at work over a lifetime Demystifies psychological research through a fascinating array of anecdotes, case studies, and interviews from people in the trenches of the working world, including business world-leaders, politicians, particle physicists, and philosophers, sheep farmers, waitresses, journalists, teachers, and lawyers, to name just a few



The Probiotics Revolution

The Probiotics Revolution Author Dr Gary Huffnagle
ISBN-10 9781407062174
Release 2010-02-23
Pages 432
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If the thought of bacteria conjures up images of germs that should be avoided at all costs - and certainly not ingested - think again! Some friendly bacteria, called probiotics, are not only beneficial to your health, they're essential. Now one of the leading researchers in the field sheds light on the extraordinary benefits of these natural health superstars. The Probiotics Revolution is an up-to-the-minute, highly accessible guide to probiotics and the foods and supplements that contain and support them. Discover: - The key role of probiotics and prebiotics in restoring healthy balance to our bodies - How to use probiotic foods and supplements to prevent and relieve allergies, IBS, yeast infections and much more - A step-by-step plan for incorporating probiotics and prebiotics into your diet - A complete buyer's guide to probiotic supplements - How to introduce probiotics to your family and children With new evidence to suggest that probiotics may help to fight asthma, cardiovascular disease, breast and colon cancer, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue and even obesity, this is more than just Yakult - it is the health guide for 2007.



Positive Psychology at Work

Positive Psychology at Work Author Sarah Lewis
ISBN-10 9781119996217
Release 2011-03-16
Pages 272
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Positive Psychology at Work brings the fields of positive psychology and appreciative inquiry together for the first time to provide leaders and change agents with a powerful new approach to achieving organizational excellence. Draws together positive psychology and appreciative inquiry in the context of leadership organizational challenges for the first time Presents academically rigorous and referenced material in a jargon-free, accessible manner Arranged with chapters focused on specific organizational challenges to allow readers to quickly find ideas relevant to their unique situation Features short contributions from experienced practitioners of positive psychology and Appreciative Inquiry, and includes case studies from the UK, Europe, Australia and the USAÂ



Screw Finding Your Passion

Screw Finding Your Passion Author Susanna Halonen
ISBN-10
Release 2014-09-29
Pages 196
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The commonly held belief that you should ‘follow your passion’ is flawed. Many people believe that in order to be truly happy, you need to find and follow your one and only true passion. This is a very limiting approach to passion, and one not backed up by much research. In fact, recent research in the field of positive psychology has shown that you can live a more fulfilling life by choosing to pursue your whole life with passion. This has nothing to do with monetising the one thing that you love, but finding love in what you do. Susanna Halonen, also known as the Happyologist, introduces a new approach to passion that enables you to take control of your happiness. By highlighting the latest research in the field, including her own, Susanna explains how you can choose to unlock the passion inside you so that you can live a more fulfilling life. The secret to living life with passion is pursuing the passionate way of being, and the five keys to that secret are individually explored and discussed in this book. Each discussion is followed by questions of self-reflection that encourage you to create your own, unique action plan to start unlocking your passion. This book is an eye opener for those who want to understand the real science behind passion. It’s also a must-read for anyone who is looking for more fire, spark and positive energy in their lives and careers. Most of all, it’s a tool to help you to take a more proactive approach to unearthing your best self and setting out on the path towards passionate happiness. Praise for Screw Finding Your Passion: "Wanting happiness and knowing how to pursue it are two different things. Scientifically, happiness is a choice, not something you find. Using new research and practical tools, Halonen helps us change the formula for how we pursue passion, allowing us to find more ways of achieving our potential and creating joy." - Shawn Achor, positive psychology researcher and NYTimes bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage "It's very clear that Susanna Halonen is passionate about her work. And it's very clear that her work can help you unlock the passion within you." - Tal Ben-Shahar, author of international bestseller Happier "We all have times that life seems flat and not very fulfilling. Susanna's unique stance on passion will enable us to find that love for whatever we're doing right now." - Nina Grunfeld, founder of Life Clubs "This idea is so important it can't be ignored." - Elliot Newsome, founder and Managing Director of SKT Consulting



The Influential Mind

The Influential Mind Author Tali Sharot
ISBN-10 9781627792660
Release 2017-09-19
Pages 320
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A cutting-edge, research-based inquiry into how we influence those around us and how understanding the brain can help us change minds for the better. In The Influential Mind, neuroscientist Tali Sharot takes us on a thrilling exploration of the nature of influence. We all have a duty to affect others—from the classroom to the boardroom to social media. But how skilled are we at this role, and can we become better? It turns out that many of our instincts—from relying on facts and figures to shape opinions, to insisting others are wrong or attempting to exert control—are ineffective, because they are incompatible with how people’s minds operate. Sharot shows us how to avoid these pitfalls, and how an attempt to change beliefs and actions is successful when it is well-matched with the core elements that govern the human brain. Sharot reveals the critical role of emotion in influence, the weakness of data and the power of curiosity. Relying on the latest research in neuroscience, behavioral economics and psychology, the book provides fascinating insight into the complex power of influence, good and bad.



Big Potential

Big Potential Author Shawn Achor
ISBN-10 9781524761547
Release 2018-02-13
Pages 240
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The bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage redefines success and human potential. We have long thought about potential as being a set of individual traits: your creativity, your skills your intelligence. But thanks to exciting new research combining neuroscience and psychology with Big Data, we now know that our potential is not limited by what we alone can achieve. Instead, it is determined by how we complement, contribute to, and benefit from the abilities and achievements of people around us. When we - as individuals, leaders, and parents - chase only individual achievement, we leave vast sources of potential untapped. But once we put "others" back into the equation, and work to make others better, we ignite a Virtuous Cycle of cascading successes that amplify our own. The dramatic shifts in how we approach work today demand an equally dramatic shift in our approach to success. Here, Achor offers a new path. Drawing on cutting-edge original research, as well as his work with nearly half of the Fortune 100 and with places like NASA, the NFL and the NBA, he walks us through five actionable steps towards achieving our Big Potential to thrive in the modern world.



The Happiness Journal

The Happiness Journal Author Jem Friar
ISBN-10 1682121801
Release 2015-11-07
Pages 152
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This Journal has been designed to Support people who are attempting to attain "the Happiness Advantage" by using some of the most effective proven positive psychology techniques. These include writing daily gratitudes & appreciations as well as the ability to keep a record of other supportive practices which you might choose to do such as meditation, exercise, social connecting & kindness. Journal writing on a daily basis using these techniques & prompts can be a very powerful way to increase your happiness & thereby your levels of efficiency & success in many other areas of your life. Positive psychology is an exciting & empowering new development but it is also a very practical collection of techniques - however, it is only useful if these techniques & understandings are applied - this journal makes that process simple. The book was originally inspired by the Shawn Achor TED talk & is a very practical & easy way to actually put his recommendations into daily practice.



Focus

Focus Author Daniel Goleman
ISBN-10 9781408845974
Release 2013-10-08
Pages 320
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For more than two decades, psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman has been scouting the leading edge of the human sciences for what's new, surprising, and important. In Focus, he delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset that matters enormously for how we navigate life. Goleman boils down attention research into a three parts: inner, other, and outer focus. Goleman shows why high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, as demonstrated by rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business. Those who excel rely on what Goleman calls Smart Practices such as mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental 'prosthetics' that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence. Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus reveals what distinguishes experts from amateurs and stars from average performers.



The Happiness Effect

The Happiness Effect Author Donna Freitas
ISBN-10 9780190239855
Release 2017-02-01
Pages 368
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Sexting. Cyberbullying. Narcissism. Social media has become the dominant force in young people's lives, and each day seems to bring another shocking tale of private pictures getting into the wrong hands, or a lament that young people feel compelled to share their each and every thought with the entire world. Have smartphones and social media created a generation of self-obsessed egomaniacs? Absolutely not, Donna Freitas argues in this provocative book. And, she says, these alarmist fears are drawing attention away from the real issues that young adults are facing. Drawing on a large-scale survey and interviews with students on thirteen college campuses, Freitas finds that what young people are overwhelmingly concerned with--what they really want to talk about--is happiness. They face enormous pressure to look perfect online--not just happy, but blissful, ecstatic, and fabulously successful. Unable to achieve this impossible standard, they are anxious about letting the less-than-perfect parts of themselves become public. Far from wanting to share everything, they are brutally selective when it comes to curating their personal profiles, and worry obsessively that they might unwittingly post something that could come back to haunt them later in life. Through candid conversations with young people from diverse backgrounds, Freitas reveals how even the most well-adjusted individuals can be stricken by self-doubt when they compare their experiences with the vast collective utopia that they see online. And sometimes, as on anonymous platforms like Yik Yak, what they see instead is a depressing cesspool of racism and misogyny. Yet young people are also extremely attached to their smartphones and apps, which sometimes bring them great pleasure. It is very much a love-hate relationship. While much of the public's attention has been focused on headline-grabbing stories, the everyday struggles and joys of young people have remained under the radar. Freitas brings their feelings to the fore, in the words of young people themselves. The Happiness Effect is an eye-opening window into their first-hand experiences of social media and its impact on them.



One Second Ahead

One Second Ahead Author Rasmus Hougaard
ISBN-10 9781137551924
Release 2016-02-16
Pages 234
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Researchers have found that the accelerated pace of modern office life is taking its toll on productivity, employee engagement, creativity and well-being. Faced with a relentless flood of information and distractions, our brains try to process everything at once increasing our stress, decreasing our effectiveness and negatively impacting our performance. Ironically, we have become too overworked, unfocused, and busy to stop and ask ourselves the most important question: What can we do to break the cycle of being constantly under pressure, always-on, overloaded with information and in environments filled with distractions? Do we need to accept this as the new workplace reality and continue to survive rather than thrive in modern day work environments? Thankfully, the answer is no. In their new book, ONE SECOND AHEAD: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness (Palgrave Macmillan; November 2015), Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter, and Gillian Coutts demonstrate that it is possible to train the brain to respond differently to today's constant pressures and distraction. All it takes is one second. They propose that we need to learn to work differently so we are more focused, calm and have less clutter in our mind so we can better manage our time and attention. What if we could hit the 'pause' button on our day, step back, and meet challenges with a sense of clarity and purpose? And what if there was a way not just of 'getting things done,' but ensuring that what does get done are the right things to do? Based on a program in corporate mindfulness designed by Hougaard and the partners of The Potential Project, One Second Ahead provides practical tools and techniques as well as real-world examples and lessons from organizations that have implemented mindfulness on a large scale. Thoroughly tested in a diverse range of industries, this program has resulted in measurable increases in productivity, effectiveness, and job satisfaction. With the new mindset proposed in One Second Ahead, readers will be able to put an end to ineffective multitasking, unproductive meetings, poor communication, and other unhealthy workplace behaviors by applying mindfulness to every day work life. All too often, we think that being mindful requires engaging in a special activity like meditation or yoga. Sure, these activities are beneficial and important to train the mind, but there are many simple things we can do to be mindful all day long. One Second Ahead is a handbook for more mindful work that offers: Practical, easy to apply, tools and techniques to enhance performance and effectiveness in day to day work activities such as meetings, emails, communication, planning, creativity and more Real-world stories of how mindfulness changed the workdays of leaders and front line employees Tips for cultivating mental strategies and routines that can reduce clutter, increase focus, and rewire your brain to enhance presence, patience, kindness and other valuable mind states Simple yet detailed step-by-step instructions for a more systematic approach to mindfulness training to enhance focus and awareness Guidelines for a 10-minute-per-day mindfulness program that can reshape your life both at work and at home; A reproducible planning worksheet and further resources in the Appendix. One Second Ahead can transform daily work life by helping individuals and teams realize more of their potential through greater focus and awareness. The tools and techniques in this book can transform individual and organizational performance one mind at a time.



Well being

Well being Author Ivan Robertson
ISBN-10 9780230306738
Release 2011-04-27
Pages 224
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High levels of well-being at work is good for the employee and the organization. It means lower sickness-absence levels, better retention and more satisfied customers. People with higher levels of well-being live longer, have happier lives and are easier to work with. This book shows how to improve well-being in your organization.