Happiness expert and keynote speaker Shawn Achor teaches the most popular class at Harvard—a class on positive psychology. Achor has earned over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at the university, and is the CEO of Good Think, Inc. In his speeches, he shows us emphatically that it’s possible to change not only our happiness, but also, and consequently, the way we view education, business, and personal growth.
After 12 years at Harvard University, Shawn Achor has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. Shawn's research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 9 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 New York Times best-selling books The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work and Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change, as well as Ripple’s Effect and The Orange Frog.
He has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and NPR. Shawn was published in the top psychology journal last year for the work he did at UBS in partnership with Yale University to create a more effective stress training. And he recently did a two-hour interview with Oprah at her house discussing happiness research and perception of success.
Achor holds a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.
Shawn was the ideal choice and the perfect change of pace. He was hysterical, engaging and had the whole audience focused on how to make positive changes in their lives.
Our expectations for Shawn’s talk at our recent H.R. Conference was quite high, given what I had seen of his “TED” talk and having read much of The Happiness Advantage – and all those expectations were exceeded! While I knew the content would be powerful and anticipated the delivery would be engaging, I underestimated the positive impact it would have on the audience beyond the conference. The attendees have been quite energized and have begun taking actions to be happier and more grateful in their own lives. Further, while the learning will be applicable at our workplace, I think the attendees felt the impact was transferable to all aspects of their lives (and their families).