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Before Happiness: Five Actionable Strategies to Create a Positive Path to Success (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 12. September 2013

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In this remarkable book, one of the leading thinkers in the field of positive psychology digs deep into the science to find practical techniques for unleashing your genius for happiness. So forget about cheap gimmicks and gooey affirmations. Instead, listen to Shawn Achor -- and prepare to take notes!"
-- Daniel H. Pink, author of DRIVE, TO SELL IS HUMAN, and A WHOLE NEW MIND

“Shawn Achor, one of our greatest positive psychologists for the workplace, has done it again. With his characteristic blend of academic rigor and twinkle in the eye, Achor will change your view of happiness, of reality -- and of yourself.” 
--Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Before Happiness 
is the book that positive psychology fans have been waiting to read. Shawn Achor, the leading light in bringing the science of happiness to work, offers his signature blend of eye-opening research insights, entertaining stories, and infectious enthusiasm. This fresh, uplifting book is filled with ideas for improving our organizations and our lives.
 -Adam Grant, Wharton professor and bestselling author of Give and Take

"Shawn Achor is a positive genius who is capable of taking complex academic research and making it come to life in companies and schools across the globe."
-Tony Hsieh, bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.

In Before Happiness, Shawn Achor provides simple, scientifically sound strategies built around three key factors most of us undervalue: where we choose to put our attention, how much social support we build into our lives, and whether we view stress as a challenge rather than a threat.  
--Tony Schwartz, best-selling author of The Power of Full Engagement and Be Excellent at Anything

“Read this book before you buy any other self-improvement title. For anyone who wants to find more meaning, achievement, and joy in life, this is the single best place to start."
-Tom Rath, Bestselling author of StrengthsFinder 2.0 and Eat Move Sleep

"Achor infuses Before Happiness with empirical evidence, anecdotes and studies showing that even a simple adjustment in thinking impacts our outlook and how we’re perceived. ...The book offers insights and ideas for adjusting your angle of vision so you open the door to happiness and success." -Success Magazine

-"A must read" - The Washington Times -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.


If you want to change your life, you first have to change your reality

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Especially I liked the quoted research results on what kind of behavior has what effect on productivity etc., and the positive and humane view.
Of course, it is very american, but Achor is wide-travelled also for his research. So don't be too frightened off by the subtitle.

Anchor gives examples from dozens of studies in the book, which are mostly left out of this summary because it would explode the format. The important findings are included though, in my own wording.

By the way, this whole 5.500 word summary of notes was "swiped" on my android phone during a vacation, mostly while lying at the pool or the beach. And yes, I did a lot of other things during the vacation than reading. But it worked surprisingly well to jot down my notes on the phone while reading the book. Another way to be productive... differently.

If you want to change your life, you first have to change your reality. Happiness is one of the most valuable goals in itself. Also, it improves our performance in work, studies and all other aspects of life. But how do you create happiness? What comes before it?

The 5 steps Anchor describes in this book with many concrete steps and advice come from positive psychology research.

In my blog uberwork on wordpress, I continue this review in some more length. Feel free to visit! You'll find it under "Book notes".
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3.0 von 5 Sternen You don't have to read it first! 28. April 2014
Von O.S. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'll start with the disclaimer that I've read Shawn Achor's The Happiness Advantage several times before coming to this book, and my rating is largely based on the differences between the books. The Happiness Advantage provides a slew of research and tools which are easy to implement and highly effective. You can adopt any of these at any point in your life and start seeing immediate results. I consider it one of the best books on understanding happiness and finding more of it in your life.

Before Happiness takes a different approach. It lays out and recommends a more structured plan to follow that looks a lot like other success formulas - understanding your values, setting goals, and then using various techniques to reach them. This is a much broader and bigger picture approach designed to shape your life around the things that really matter. While this approach has value it's much harder to implement for many people (including myself).

The books approach the subject very differently, and some people are more likely to get more out of the first book. So don't be fooled by the title - read the earlier book and decide for yourself!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Insights on Happiness 5. August 2013
Von John Chancellor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Vine Kundenrezension eines kostenfreien Produkts ( Was ist das? )
If you Google "Investment advice" you will get over one hundred and fifty million different sites to check out. If you were to investigate just a few, you would find much conflicting information. Do the same for "happiness" and you get even more sites and more conflicting information. One of the problems we have today is that we are bombarded with information - but so much of it is conflicting. Most of us are lacking an objective method of separating the helpful from the noise.

Shawn Achor, the author of Before Happiness, is a highly acclaimed positive psychologist. He is also the author of a previous book - The Happiness Advantage. His passion is the study of happiness - discovering what really leads to happiness and also discovering those things that block our way.

In Before Happiness, he gives us 5 key methods to better understand how we can create more happiness in our own lives and the lives of those around us.

The first key is to understand that we create our own reality by what we focus on. We can choose to focus on the negative things in life or we can choose to take a more positive approach. He is not advocating irrational optimism - which he says is delusional. "Your reality is a choice; what you choose to focus on shapes how you perceive and interpret your world."

The second key is the meaning we assign to things in life - Mr. Achor calls them meaning markers. You will learn how to set better goals based on what is meaningful to you and your life.

The third key is what he calls the X-Spot. This concept is best illustrated by the kick a marathon runner gets when they see the finish line in sight. They get a burst of energy to finish the race. It does not matter what goal you set, when you near the goal, you get a boost in your energy level. One of the lessons to take from this is to set near-term goals. Setting more and shorter goals will increase the number of X-Spots and will move you quicker toward your goal.

The fourth key is noise cancelling. When you do a Google search, you get lots of information - some good - and Mr. Achor calls them signals and some not that good which he calls noise. There are four keys to separating signals from noise.

Can you use the information to alter your current behavior? If not, it is noise.

Are you going to use the information immediately?

Is the information hypothetical? Just someone's opinion? If so, it's noise.

Does it distract you from your goals? If so, it's noise.

You will note that most "news programs" are mostly noise. So is gossip and many TV programs. Learn to cut down the noise in your life.

The fifth key is to spread the positive mindset you have created with the other four keys.

This book is a delight to read, filled with many interesting examples based on extensive and up to date research in the field of positive psychology. For anyone truly interested in learning more about happiness and what you need to do to bring more happiness into your life and your work, this is a valuable resource.

Mr. Achor writes with a real sense of humor - something he says we all need to bring more happiness into our lives. He also shares many personal stories from his own experiences that help illustrate his points. Very insightful and informative as well as entertaining.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What you need to do before you are truly happy 30. Juli 2013
Von Nancy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As I've gotten older, I've become more focused on doing what makes me happy and fulfilled, rather than doing what others' think I should be doing. This is the second book that I've read about happiness, the first being Gretchen Rubin's, "The Happiness Project." I didn't care for Gretchen's book because I felt it was all about Gretchen whining. I am happy to say that I loved this book!

I really enjoyed this book. Here's why:

* Shawn's practical advice and exercises on how to think about your happiness. Sure, I've read lots of self-improvement books, but this was one of the few where the exercises really resonated with me. He breaks it down into 5 steps or skills:

1. Choosing the Most Valuable Reality
2. Mapping Your Success Route
3. Finding Success Accelerants
4. Eliminating Negative Noise
5. Transferring Your Positive Reality to Others.

* Shawn makes the concepts reality by his concrete examples. For example, I love the idea of mapping your life, e.g. your current workplace or city. It forces you to really think about your environment and what is important to you.

* The nice mixture of research showing happiness factors and Shawn's personal stories. It makes Shawn appear very sincere. He obviously believes in this stuff.

* The down to earth style. It's as though Shawn is sitting down and having a conversation with you about happiness.

* It inspired me to dig deeper. Of course, I'm going to read Shawn's first book, "The Happiness Advantage." I'm also going to read the other books he suggests. I just love it when one book leads me to a lot of others on the same topic.

I'm glad that I read this book before his first book, "The Happiness Advantage," since this book gives a good framework for finding your true happiness.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to lead a more fulfilling life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is Brilliant 31. Juli 2013
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I've read several books on positive psychology. It's a rather simple concept so I didn't expect this to be particularly ground breaking. It's actually quite brilliant. It seems as though Achor observed, "Hm, this positive psychology stuff doesn't work for everybody. Why?" or perhaps, "There is something more here. I wonder what it could be?" then set out to find the answers. The book is about the reality shift that comes before happiness and success are possible. It explains (to me) why some people can express gratitude, sleep, exercise, attend to relationships and do all the things that are supposed to lead to success and happiness, but don't actually get there.

This book provides the missing link and removes the mystery. It gives concrete steps to changing the mindset that makes happiness possible. It has expanded my way of thinking and made me more effective in work and in life. It's a great resource for everyone. Highly recommended!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Provides More Depth to Increasing Happiness 15. August 2013
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I read and enjoyed Shawn Achors' previous book, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work. The author is particularly skilled at taking academic research and distilling it into specific information and activities that the average reader can use. In this latest book, he has continued that approach and provided more depth to the process of increasing levels of happiness.

He begins with the premise that reality is not a fixed event: there can be multiple realities and multiple ways to view a situation. And each individual has the ability to choose their reality, so to speak, to choose they way they want to view a situation. And, obviously, one's choice as to how to view that situation will either increase or decrease one's happiness.

With that starting point, the author then moves into an interesting discussion of maps and how we each develop our own maps of our lives, our work, etc., which include or ignore various factors. Again, our choice (often unconscious) of including or ignoring factors will change our happiness levels. Armed with this knowledge, the reader can begin to create maps which specifically include ways to improve his/her life.

Achor then goes on to provide other ways to increase the level of happiness in your life. What I like about this book is that it is written for the lay person-- you do not need to be a counselor or psychologist to understand the material. In addition, Achor provides ways for you to teach others the skills you have learned.

The trick for this book, as with any self-help book, is that the reader needs to commit to the exercises and suggested activities. If you just read it and put it down, you will likely receive little benefit. And, while it's easy to read, it's not a quick read. Commitment to the process is required.
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