“The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor

What we spend our time and mental energy focusing on can indeed become our reality. 

Positive psychology breaks happiness into three measurable components: pleasure, engagement, and meaning. Those who pursue all three routes lead the fullest lives. 

Aristotle used the term eudaimonia which translates not directly to happiness but to “human flourishing”. It acknowledges that happiness is not all about smiley yellow faces and rainbows. Happiness is the joy we feel striving after our potential. 

The ten most common positive emotions are joy, gratitude, hope, serenity, interest, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe, and love. 


  • Essential: the strength feels essential to who you are as a person.
  • Effortless: when you enact the strength you feel natural and effortless.
  • Energizing: using the strength uplifts you and leaves you feeling happy, in balance and ready to take on more.

Mine are: love of learning, curiosity, honesty, gratitude, and perseverance 

Our power to maximize potential is based on two important things: 1) the length of our lever- how much potential power and possibility we believe we have, and 2) the position of our fulcrum- the mindset with which we generate the power to change. 

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