The Happiness Advantage

"Happiness is not a luxury -
it is a mission critical work ethic."

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Optimistic employees are 31% more productive, take fewer sick days, achieve higher sales and make more money. They perform more accurately on tasks and think smarter. Yet, it's not this success that makes them happy. In fact, it's the other way around: happiness comes first, leading to greater success—for themselves, their workgroups and their organizations.


The Professional Development Center is pleased to bring The Happiness Advantage to the Fredonia campus. We are currently offering two methods of engaging members of the campus community, through a book club and workshops.

The Happiness Advantage Book Club

The Happiness Advantage Book CoverThe Professional Development Center and the Employee Assistance Program are pleased to announce The Happiness Advantage book club. During the Spring 2015 semester we will be reading “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor. Facilitated by Christopher Taverna (PDC) and Susan Murphy (EAP), the book club will meet for five sessions to discuss and learn from the techniques presented in the book.

All materials will be provided for the participants.

We will meet on the following dates, from 10:00-11:00am in the PDC Lounge, 126 Reed Library: 1/27, 2/24, 3/24, 4/14, and 5/5.

Registration has closed, if you have questions, please contact us at

"A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn't only about how to become happier at work. It's about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives." (from Amazon)

The Happiness Advantage Workshops

Go on a guided journey towards happiness using modules and content from Shawn Achor's The Happiness Advantage.

The Happiness Advantage training video gives you a formula for improving productivity, overcoming challenges, increasing cognitive abilities, and improving teamwork – all while improving your mindset. This comprehensive training program is based on Shawn Achor's book, Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work.

Have your department or working group learn the methods of The Happiness Advantage together. These sessions, facilitated by the Professional Development Center's Christopher Taverna, can be tailored to meet your time requirements. Most common are 1 or 2 hour, or half or full day sessions. 

If you have questions, or would like to schedule a session, please contact us at 

Additional Resources:

The Happiness Advantage on Goodthink Inc.

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