Book Category: Leadership, Motivational,

Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change (book summary)

Author: Shawn Achor
Life Changing Principles
8.5
Quality of Writing
8.0
Overall Value
8.5
pros: Universally applicable, great takeaways
cons: Occasionally simplistic
83.3%
overall rating
8.3

QUICK SUMMARY: Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change provides a simple, yet profound, five-step process for developing a perspective on life that emphasizes positives over negatives. Supported by research and anecdotes, Before Happiness confirms that a positive outlook is the foundation necessary for a happy and successful life.

We recommend Before Happiness to anyone who wants to transform their entire life, from the inside out.

KEY INSIGHTS:

1. In order to be happy and successful, you must believe that happiness and success are possible.

2. A positive outlook is not the same as delusional optimism.

3. A positive outlook is the belief that change is possible.

4. The human brain can only process a tiny percentage of the sensory information it receives.

5. Creating a positive outlook involves consciously selecting the most valuable information to absorb.

6. Pessimists see a half-empty glass, optimists see a half-full glass, positive geniuses see a pitcher on the table to refill glass.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

1. Choose the most valuable reality: See multiple realities and select the one that leads to positive growth.

2. Map meaning markers: Chart the best route to accomplish goals, including mile-markers (meaning markers) to track progress.

3. Find the X-spot: Once a person gets 70% done with a goal, adrenaline and other accelerants kick-in. Celebrate the 70% point in projects.  Set mini-goals for more x-spots.

4. Cancel the noise: Boost the signal that points to greater opportunities, possibilities, and resources by limiting the amount of non-essential information.

5. Create positive inception: Amplify the effects of a positive mindset by transferring a positive outlook to others. Body language is contagious. When appropriate, be the first to speak in a conversation because the first to speak often sets the tone of the conversation.

MEANINGFUL QUOTES:

Happiness is not about being blind to the negatives in our environment; it’s about believing we have the power to do something about them.

Success, then, is not just about how much intelligence you have; it’s about how much of your intelligence you believe you can use.

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