Monday, February 20, 2012

THE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE/Shawn Achor

This book is one of a growing library of research that supports what I've believed for the past few years: that happiness is a skill you can develop. What's great about this book is that it doesn't make the assumption that something is inherently wrong with the reader, and gives readers practical advice about small things they can do to get their brains more tuned in to being happy. It's a state of mind—one that does come more naturally to some than others—but it's also a muscle that can be exercised. And there's no "secret" to it, as many so-called self-help books suggest. It's just doing small things, such as writing three good things down every night, whether it's three good things that happened over the course of a day (no matter how small) or three things you're grateful for. (If you really want to get wild and crazy, you could record both.) Doing this can rewire your brain to see more possibilities, more insights, and help you see and seize upon opportunity when it arises. It's a book geared more toward business people and leaders looking to make their workplaces happier, but I think anyone could benefit from reading this. I certainly did.

Also, Achor is funny.