Shawn Achor New York Times Bestselling Author and Positive Psychology Expert

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  • Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being
  • Positive Genius: The Key to Raising Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change
  • Positive Leadership: Restoring a Culture of Confidence
  • The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance
  • The Ripple Effect: How to Make Positive Change Easier

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  • 2020 How to Make a Shark Smile: How a positive mindset spreads happiness (Children's Book)
  • 2018 Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being
  • 2013 Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change
  • 2012 The Orange Frog : How One Spark Change An Island
  • 2010 The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
  • 2007 Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment

Is there a connection between happiness and success? New York Times bestselling author Shawn Achor is the world’s leading expert on the topic. His acclaimed TED Talk, The Happy Secret to Better Work, has been seen by more than 20 million people around the world, and he’s shared his insight in his two books, The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. His most recent book, Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being has helped individuals succeed by tapping into their own "Big Potential."

Having spent more than 12 years at Harvard University, two years as the Head Teaching Fellow in Positive Psychology, Shawn bridges the gap between happiness psychology research and what it means for the workforce and individuals alike. While at the university, he was recognized with more than a dozen distinguished teaching awards and delivered lectures on positive psychology. Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.

Shawn has spoken worldwide to diverse audiences including a third of the Fortune 100 companies, the NFL, the Pentagon and the U.S. Treasury. To do his work, Shawn has traveled to more than 50 countries, speaking to farmers in Zimbabwe, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai and schoolchildren in South Africa.

Shawn’s work has received attention from the likes of The Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Forbes, CNN. In 2014, Oprah Winfrey did a two hour interview with Shawn on the science of happiness and meaning.


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