Leading Happiness Researcher, Author, and Speaker
Shawn Achor is a leading corporate trainer, author, and speaker known for his advocacy of positive psychology. He authored The Happiness Advantage and founded the Institute of Positive Research and GoodThinkInc, a Cambridge-based consulting firm which researches positive outliers — people who are well above average — to understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. Based on his research and 12 years of experience at Harvard, Shawn has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. He is also the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 13 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn has worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, and lectured in more than 50 countries speaking to CEOs in China, senior leaders at the Pentagon, schoolchildren in South Africa, and farmers in Zimbabwe. His Happiness Advantage training is the largest and most successful positive psychology corporate training program to date in the world. Shawn is the author of three New York Times best-selling books. Shawn was recently published in the top psychology journal for the work he did at UBS in partnership with Yale University to create a more effective stress training. Recently, he did a two-hour interview with Oprah at her house discussing happiness research and perception of success. Shawn has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success.