It can be difficult in today’s society to say one is truly happy.  With COVID-19, demanding daily schedules, society pressures, social media, work stress, finances….the list could go on and on.  HOWEVER, did you know there is actually an advantage to being happy??

I recently completed reading the international bestseller, “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor.  I couldn’t put it down! (Shout out to Pat Dal Santo & Dee Oliver for suggesting such an awesome read)  Throughout his book he proves that the formula for happiness is broken, the common belief that if we work hard we will find success and then we will be happy I.e. – success creates happiness.  But, recent research shows that this is actually backwards – happiness fuels success!!  

What I loved most about Shawn’s text was that he recognizes it isn’t always easy to be happy, it isn’t a mind over matter situation; rather he outlines 7 principles that encourage happiness and predict success and achievement!  I have picked this book up several times over the past two weeks as everywhere in the media, at work, and home seems to be doomsday related to COVID-19. I need a little happiness advantage right now…don’t you?!?!?! 

I’m going to be honest, I usually shy away from books like this.  In my experiences, these books often put me to sleep, full of research and data – but this had the complete opposite effect on me.  Not only could I not put it down but I have recommended it to EVERYONE I know!! Shawn’s funny personality and unique perspectives on life experiences read like a nonfiction novel (my prefered genre)!  Not sold yet…check out this TED Talk with Shawn


We are facing unprecedented times.  The uncertainty and social distancing can be difficult not only on the economy but on our psyche.  But have no fear – the Kane County Regional Office of Education is here to help! Through Illinois Online Academy we are able to offer many 100% ONLINE professional learning opportunities INCLUDING an online book study of Shawn Achor’s book, “The Happiness Advantage”. 

In this 4 week online book study participants will discuss, analyze, and apply the theory that happiness fuels success! Together we will explore the 7 principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance.  This isn’t just an empty montra “to be happy”. Join me as we find ways to be positive and train our brains to be more resilient, engaged, creative, productive & energetic!! Click here to register!!  

I hope you can join us in this amazing opportunity during this difficult time.  After all “I want you to be happier people”

Katie Algrim – Director of Innovative Professional Learning

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