June 24, 2013

The Happiness Advantage

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a pretty positive dude. I love positive energy and I want to be around people who share a positive outlook on life.

One of the books I recommend is called “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor, who helped design the “Positive Psychology” course at Harvard University. It was the most popular class at Harvard for a long time.   Most students arrived at Harvard after finishing in the top 1 or 2 percent of their high school class.

The numbers say that 50 percent of all students are going to be in the lower half, and that led to problems with depression and alcohol abuse on campus. It’s not unlike what we see in the NBA. Most guys were the best players on their team in college, but find it tough to find an identity in the pros.   When I attended North Carolina, I was blessed to be around people who believed in positive reinforcement 10 times more than negative reinforcement. In coaching, it can be very difficult to live that philosophy, but I still think it’s an energy that’s important.

At the risk of being overly simplistic, The Happiness Advantage basically says that thinking positive thoughts will make you feel better. I think that message needs to be out in the public more and more. People should find that safe place, that secure place in any battle they might have.

As a cancer survivor, I know it’s a search that all patients go through. Sometimes they find safety and security by talking to their doctor, reading a book or embracing their religion. There’s always some connection to find confidence and security with what you’re going through.   The Happiness Advantage helps understand why it’s important to keep a positive outlook. It’s an energizing book and a pretty easy read

One comment on “The Happiness Advantage

  1. Frank Klucznik on said:

    The Happiness Advantage really does work! I can speak to it firsthand. Someone at work sent me a link to Shawn Achor’s TED TALK video and I was floored b/c it was as if he was talking about me. I’ve been that way most of my life and would make a case that my overall success in life was as a direct result of practicing the habits described in the book.

    Shawn’s book provide me a repeatable process I could use to teach the Happiness Advantage to others. So I started teaching it to my college students, and over the past year I’ve seen it turn peoples’ life around and even benefit whole families who adopted it!

    In fact, I’m so convinced it’s that good that I started a movement to give away The Happiness Advantage book to strangers as a random act of kindness. Through private funding and the generous donations of strangers, we will give away 365 books this year and hope to double that number next year. This is my way of spreading the Happiness Advantage, and helping others with a desire to improve their lives. Check out the movement’s website and let us know what you think: ShareTheAdvantage.org.

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