Shawn Achor

  • Author of international bestseller, The Happiness Advantage, and NYT bestseller, Before Happiness
  • Conducted research with UBS, Nationwide Insurance & Google
  • Research featured on PBS, HBO, Live with Kelly & Michael & Oprah Winfrey Network
  • TED talk has 11 million + views & named one of "The most popular talks of all time"
  • Client list includes Microsoft, American Express, BlueCross BlueShield, KPMG, UBS, Northwestern Mutual, AT&T, RE/MAX, Johnson & Johnson, Genentech, HP, Frito-Lay
  • Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University & earned Masters from Harvard Divinity School
  • Head Teaching Fellow at Harvard in 2006 for “Positive Psychology” course & won numerous awards


Author, Educator, Inspirational

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Shawn Achor is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. He spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won over a dozen distinguished teaching awards, and delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.

Shawn has since become one of the world's leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. Shawn has now worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, and with places like the NFL, the Pentagon and the U.S. Treasury. To do his work, Shawn has traveled to 51 countries, speaking to farmers in Zimbabwe, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai and schoolchildren in South Africa. In 2014, Oprah Winfrey did a two hour interview with Shawn on the science of happiness and meaning. 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 11 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.

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