By Dr. Josephine Gross
At Oprah’s home in Montecito, CA in 2012
At home in Dallas, TX in 2017
After spending 12 years at Harvard University, Shawn Achor has become one of the world’s leading experts on happiness and how it relates to success. His research on mindset and positivity has been featured in Harvard Business Review since 2012. His TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with almost 19 million views, and his lecture series on PBS have been viewed by millions.
Shawn has worked with over one-third of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as with the NFL, the NBA, the Pentagon, and the White House. He has lectured in more than 50 countries, speaking to CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai, schoolchildren in South Africa, and farmers in Zimbabwe. His Happiness Advantage training is one of the largest and most successful positive psychology corporate training programs in the world.
Shawn’s research has been published in a top psychology journal for work he did at UBS (a Swiss multinational investment bank and financial services company) in partnership with Yale University to transform how stress impacts the body. Shawn recently did a two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey at her house to discuss his mission to bring positive psychology to the world.
Shawn is the author of New York Times bestselling books The Happiness Advantage (2010), Before Happiness (2013), and Big Potential (2018).
In a world that thrives on competition and individual achievement, we are measuring and pursuing potential all wrong, says Shawn. By pursuing success in isolation—pushing others away as we push ourselves too hard—we are not just limiting our potential, we are becoming more stressed and disconnected than ever. In his highly anticipated follow-up to The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor reveals a better approach. Drawing on his work in 50 countries, he shows that success and happiness are not competitive sports. Rather, they depend almost entirely on how well we connect with, relate to, and learn from each other.
Just as happiness is contagious, every dimension of human potential—performance, intelligence, creativity, leadership ability, and health—is influenced by those around us. So when we help others become better, we reach new levels of potential ourselves. Rather than fighting over scraps of the pie, we can expand the pie instead.
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