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⛄ Format Kindle Download @The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life ⛏ Author Shawn Achor ⛶ ⛄ Format Kindle Download @The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life ⛏ Author Shawn Achor ⛶ I applied to Harvard on a dare.I was raised in Waco, Texas, and never really expected to leave Even as I was applying to Harvard, I was setting down roots and training to be a local volunteer firefighter For me, Harvard was a place from the movies, the place mothers joke about their kids going to when they grow up The chances of actually getting in were infinitesimally small I told myself Id be happy just to tell my kids someday, offhandedly at dinner, that I had even applied to Harvard I imagined my imaginary children being quite impressed When I unexpectedly got accepted, I felt thrilled and humbled by the privilege I wanted to do the opportunity justice So I went to Harvard, and I stayed for the next twelve years.When I left Waco, I had been out of Texas four times and never out of the country though Texans consider anything out of Texas foreign travel But as soon as I stepped out of the T in Cambridge and into Harvard Yard, I fell in love So after getting my BA, I found a way to stay I went to grad school, taught sections in sixteen different courses, and then began delivering lectures As I pursued my graduate studies, I also became a Proctor, an officer of Harvard hired to live in residence with undergraduates to help them navigate the difficult path to both academic success and happiness within the Ivory Tower This effectively meant that I lived in a college dorm for a total of 12 years of my life not a fact I brought up on first dates.I tell you this for two reasons First, because I saw Harvard as such a privilege, it fundamentally changed the way my brain processed my experience I felt grateful for every moment, even in the midst of stress, exams, and blizzards something else I had only seen in the movies Second, my 12 years teaching in the classrooms and living in the dorms afforded me a comprehensive view of how thousands of other Harvard students advanced through the stresses and challenges of their college years Thats when I began noticing the patterns.Paradise Lost and FoundAround the time that Harvard was founded, John Milton wrote in Paradise Lost, The Mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.Three hundred years later, I observed this principle come to life Many of my students saw Harvard as a privilege, but others quickly lost sight of that reality and focused only on the workload, the competition, the stress They fretted incessantly about their future, despite the fact that they were earning a degree that would open so many doors They felt overwhelmed by every small setback instead of energized by the possibilities in front of them And after watching enough of those students struggle to make their way through, something dawned on me Not only were these students the ones who seemed most susceptible to stress and depression, they were the ones whose grades and academic performance were suffering the most.Years later, in the fall of 2009, I was invited to go on a monthlong speaking tour throughout Africa During the trip, a CEO from South Africa named Salim took me to Soweto, a township just outside of Johannesburg that many inspiring people, including Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have called their home.We visited a school next to a shantytown where there was no electricity and scarce running water Only when I was in front of the children did it dawn on me that none of the stories I normally use in my talks would work Sharing the research and experiences of privileged American college students and wealthy, powerful business leaders seemed inappropriate So I tried to open a dialogue Struggling for points of common experience, I asked in a very clearly tongue in cheek tone, Who here likes to do schoolwork I thought the seemingly universal distaste for schoolwork would bond us together But to my shock, 95 percent of the children raised their hands and started smiling genuinely and enthusiastically.Afterward, I jokingly asked Salim why the children of Soweto were so weird They see schoolwork as a privilege, he replied, one that many of their parents did not have When I returned to Harvard two weeks later, I saw students complaining about the very thing the Soweto students saw as a privilege I started to realize just how much our interpretation of reality changes our experience of that reality The students who were so focused on the stress and the pressure the ones who saw learning as a chore were missing out on all the opportunities right in front of them But those who saw attending Harvard as a privilege seemed to shine even brighter Almost unconsciously at first, and then with ever increasing interest, I became fascinated with what caused those high potential individuals to develop a positive mindset to excel, especially in such a competitive environment And likewise, what caused those who succumbed to the pressure to failor stay stuck in a negative or neutral position.Researching Happiness at HogwartsFor me, Harvard remains a magical place, even after twelve years When I invite friends from Texas to visit, they claim that eating in the freshman dining hall is like being at Hogwarts, Harry Potters fantastical school of magic Add in the other beautiful buildings, the universitys abundant resources, and the seemingly endless opportunities it offers, and my friends often end up asking, Shawn, why would you waste your time studying happiness at Harvard Seriously, what does a Harvard student possibly have to be unhappy about In Miltons time, Harvard had a motto that reflected the schools religious roots Veritas, Christo et Ecclesiae Truth, for Christ and the Church For many years now, that motto has been truncated to a single word Veritas, or just truth There are now many truths at Harvard, and one of them is that despite all its magnificent facilities, a wonderful faculty, and a student body made up of some of Americas and the worlds best and brightest, it is home to many chronically unhappy young men and women In 2004, for instance, a Harvard Crimson poll found that as many as 4 in 5 Harvard students suffer from depression at least once during the school year, and nearly half of all students suffer from depression so debilitating they cant function.1This unhappiness epidemic is not unique to Harvard A Conference Board survey released in January of 2010 found that only 45 percent of workers surveyed were happy at their jobs, the lowest in 22 years of polling.2 Depression rates today are ten times higher than they were in 1960.3 Every year the age threshold of unhappiness sinks lower, not just at universities but across the nation Fifty years ago, the mean onset age of depression was 29.5 years old Today, it is almost exactly half that 14.5 years old My friends wanted to know, Why study happiness at Harvard The question I asked in response was Why not start there So I set out to find the students, those 1 in 5 who were truly flourishing the individuals who were above the curve in terms of their happiness, performance, achievement, productivity, humor, energy, or resilience to see what exactly was giving them such an advantage over their peers What was it that allowed these people to escape the gravitational pull of the norm Could patterns be teased out of their lives and experience to help others in all walks of life to be successful in an increasingly stressful and negative world As it turns out, they could.Scientific discovery is a lot about timing and luck I serendipitously found three mentors Harvard professors Phil Stone, Ellen Langer, and Tal Ben Shahar who happened to be at the vanguard of a brand new field called positive psychology Breaking with traditional psychologys focus on what makes people unhappy and how they can return to normal, these three were applying the same scientific rigor to what makes people thrive and excel the very same questions I wanted to answer.Escaping the Cult of the AverageThe graph below may seem boring, but it is the very reason I wake up excited every morning Clearly, I live a very exciting life It is also the basis of the research underlying this book.This is a scatter plot diagram Each dot represents an individual, and each axis represents some variable This particular diagram could be plotting anything weight in relation to height, sleep in relation to energy, happiness in relation to success, and so on If we got this data back as researchers, we would be thrilled because very clearly there is a trend going on here, and that means that we can get published, which in the academic world is all that really matters The fact that there is one weird red dot what we call an outlier up above the curve is no problem Its no problem because we can just delete it We can delete it because its clearly a measurement error and we know that its an error because its screwing up our data.One of the very first things students in intro psychology, statistics, or economics courses learn is how to clean up the data If you are interested in observing the general trend of what you are researching, then outliers mess up your findings Thats why there exist countless formulas and statistics packages to help enterprising researchers eliminate these problems And to be clear, this is not cheating these are statistically valid procedures if, that is, one is interested only in the general trend I am not.The typical approach to understanding human behavior has always been to look for the average behavior or outcome But in my view this misguided approach has created what I call the cult of the average in the behavioral sciences If someone asks a question such as How fast can a child learn how to read in a classroom science changes that question to How fast does the average child learn to read in the classroom We then ignore the children who read faster or slower, and tailor the classroom toward the average child Thats the first mistake traditional psychology makes.If we study merely what is average, we will remain merely average.Conventional psychology consciously ignores outliers because they dont fit the pattern Ive sought to do the opposite Instead of deleting these outliers, I want to learn from them.Achor transports us to his virtual classroom, a journey along which we glean the seven secrets of happiness The Happiness Advantage revealsthe most important discoveries coming out of modernpsychology Rom Brafman, bestselling co author of Sway and Click Shawn Achor is funny, self deprecating, and devastating to my notions of what his field is all about I m butter to his knife The Boston Globe Achor bases his training on a burgeoning body of research on the positive psychology movement, which emphasizes instilling resiliency and positive attitudes Wall Street Journal The Happiness Advantage Shawn Achor Achor is the New York Times bestselling author of Before and The After spending years at Harvard University presenting one top five most popular TEDx talks with over million views , has become world s leading experts on connection between happiness Seven Principles Positive Jan an attempt to lay out pri We believe that when we re successful or buy a new iphone, take our next vacation, get promotion then ll be happy In fact, Anchor says, science positive psychology shown things really work other way around Goodthink IncKILA His training largest corporate program date in best selling books as well Ripple Effect Orange Frog was published reveals important discoveries coming modern Rom Brafman, co Sway Click funny, self deprecating, devastating my notions what his field all about Book Summary by not belief don t need change it realization can Principle Martin Seligman, pioneer psychology, broken down into three, measurable components pleasure, engagement, meaning Shawn Official Site brings life for audiences across invite you learn how use research broadcast optimistic mindset positively influence your colleagues family create success How Brain Fuels Audiobook leads greater success, makes us Because achievers like are always changing adjusting goals, Dan Sullivan calls Gap GAP similar horizonyou keep driving forever, but never there Home NY Big PotentialShawn worked countries nearly half Fortune everywhere from Camp David shantytowns Zimbabwe children cancer wards Boston goal GoodThink make happierWe do bridging gap academic real world, so message only secret better TED Talk should hard order happy, could thinking backwards this fast moving very funny talk, psychologist argues that, actually, inspires productive Wikipedia topic article may meet Wikipedia notability guideline biographies Please help establish citing reliable secondary sources independent provide significant coverage beyond mere trivial mention Books BIG POTENTIAL Transforming Pursuit Success Raises Achievement, Well Being have long thought potential being set individual traits creativity, skills intelligence Speaker TED Why listen winner dozen distinguished teaching awards University, where he delivered lectures class TEDxBloomington Jun YouTube Feb entertaining talk TEDxBloomington, p Ways Turn Into An Psychology Today Reversing formula Posted Aug The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life


    • The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life
    • 4.2
    • 459
    • Format Kindle
    • 256 pages
    • 0307591557
    • Shawn Achor
    • Anglais
    • 16 January 2017

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