Recording Details

Before Happiness

Shawn Achor  


Shawn Achor, Founder, GoodThinkInc



Recorded: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 

(60 Minute Session)




Session Description

What Comes Before Happiness?  This was the essential question that the data posed to happiness researcher Shawn Achor.  While recent advances in neurobiology and scientific methods have clearly demonstrated a link between happiness and success; the question they had NOT answered was: "Why do some people move toward a more positive state quicker and more easily than others?"

In his soon-to-be-released book, Achor answers this very question; and in doing so provides a blueprint for organizations that wish to capitalize on positivity.  In this enlightening session leaders and managers will learn how to adapt their organization and modify their leadership practices to create an environment where more people achieve happiness quicker - and the organization capitalizes on increased employee engagement and the power of positive results. 
This session will bring this research to life by focusing upon Achor's research, case studies and best practices from his work with companies in 50 countries and over a third of the Fortune 100.

About Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor 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 2012, 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 Master’s 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’s new book, Before Happiness (a Crown Publication), is due for release on September 10, 2013.




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