Book Review – The Happiness Advantage

For many generations, it has been thought that if we worked hard enough, we would be successful and only then would we be happy. Research in positive psychology has revealed that the opposite is true.

In this book, Shawn shares with us how we can capitalize on our brain’s capacity to change; how we can permanently raise our happiness baseline and develop a more positive mindset using seven researched and tested principles and patterns that form, “The Happiness Advantage”. Principle #7, Social Investment, is considered to be the most important of the principles to long-term happiness. The more social support you have, the happier you are. “…like food and air, we seem to need social relationships to thrive.” He teaches us how to retrain our brains to capitalize on positivity which leads to more happiness and improved productivity and performance in the workplace. These same principles also apply to other areas of life. Why not give this book a read and take the time to focus and put into practice one or two of the principles that resonate(s) most with you.

“… the ripple effect – by trying to make ourselves happier and more successful, we actually have the ability to improve the lives of 1,000 people around us!” p. 460

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