Shawn Achor: Biography highlights

Happiness speaker Shawn Achor teaches the most popular class at Harvard – positive psychology.

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English, French

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Shawn Achor’s background

Achor has earned over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at the university and is the CEO of Good Think, Inc. On stage, he shows us emphatically that it’s possible to change not only our happiness, but also, and consequently, the way we view education, business, and personal growth.

He is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success.

His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular all time with over 4 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn teaches for the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School, and collaborates on research with Yale and Columbia University.

In 2007, Shawn founded GoodThinkInc to share his research with the world. Subsequently, Shawn has lectured or researched in more than 50 countries, speaking to CEOs in China, school children in South Africa, doctors in Dubai, and farmers in Zimbabwe. He has spoken to the Royal Family in Abu Dhabi, doctors at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and worked with the U.S. Department of Health to promote happiness.

In 2013, Shawn helped lead the Everyday Matters campaign with the National MS Society and Genzyme to show how happiness remains a choice for those struggling with a chronic illness. Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.

For seven years, Shawn also served as an Officer of Harvard, living in Harvard Yard and counseling students through the stresses of their first year. Though he now travels extensively for his work, Shawn continues to conduct original psychology research on happiness and organizational achievement in collaboration with Yale University and the Institute for Applied Positive Research.

Shawn is the author of New York Times best-selling books The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness as well as Ripple’s Effect and The Orange Frog. He is featured in PBS’s The Happiness Advantage with Shawn Achor special.

 

 

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The happy secret to better work | Shawn Achor
The happy secret to better work | Shawn Achor
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Shawn Achor at NatCon17
Shawn Achor at NatCon17
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Shawn Achor on happiness as a competitive advantage
Shawn Achor on happiness as a competitive advantage
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Shawn Achor at The UP Experience 2010
Shawn Achor at The UP Experience 2010
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Wendy's

Our expectations for Shawn's talk at our recent H.R. Conference was quite high, given what I had seen of his TED talk and having read much of The Happiness Advantage = and all those expectations were exceeded! While I knew the content would be powerful and anticipated the delivery would be engaging, I underestimated the positive impact it would have on the audience beyond the conference. The attendees have been quite energized and have begun taking actions to be happier and more grateful in their own lives. Further, while the learning will be applicable at our workplace, I think the attendees felt he impact was transferable to all aspects of their lives (and their families).'

Johnson & Johnson

'We can't thank Shawn enough for making this year's Johnson & Johnson OCMO Leadership Team meeting such a success. His presentation was a highlight of our event. Our meeting objectives focused on audience engagement, leadership skills, structured networking and fun - Shawn helped us achieve all of these and then some. I've already witnessed my colleagues engaging in the happiness habits, and I'm practicing them myself!'

Corning Credit Union

'Shawn Achor is a talented and engaging speaker. He has the ability to reach his audience through a unique combination of humor and real life experiences intertwined with results from his extensive research on happiness that brings credibility and validity to his message, which should resonate with an y individual or company that values continuous improvement and strives for peak performance. I highly recommend Shawn Achor as both a speaker and a n author. I am happier as a result of Shawn's positive influence on my life and family.'

Facebook

'An amazing event! It was such fun and so stimulating to have Shawn at Facebook! As we strive to help the world become more open and connected, remaining positive and grateful for meaningful and productive relationships is essential! Shawn's ideas and research is very insightful to us as we think about our mission. Thank you!'

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