Is there a connection between happiness and success? Having spent over a decade at Harvard University as the Head Teaching Fellow in Positive Psychology, 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 over 22 million people around the world and was named one of “the most popular talks of all time”. In his dynamic keynotes, Achor bridges the gap between happiness psychology research and what it means for the workforce and individuals alike.
Achor is the New York Times bestselling author of three books — The Happiness Advantage, Big Potential, and Before Happiness. He has worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, with clients including the NFL, the Pentagon, and the US Treasury. Achor has also traveled to 51 countries, speaking to farmers in Zimbabwe, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai, and schoolchildren in South Africa.
In 2014, Oprah Winfrey hosted a two-hour interview with Achor on the science of happiness and meaning. His research on happiness has also made the cover of Harvard Business Review and has received attention from other top media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and NPR. Achor also has a lecture airing on PBS, which has been seen by millions of viewers.
Achor graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.