Shawn Achor 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 of all time with over 6 million views and his lecture airing on PBS, The Happiness Advantage with Shawn Achor special, has been seen by millions.
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. He teaches for the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School and collaborates on research with Yale and Columbia University. Achor is the author of New York Times best‐selling books The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness as well as Ripple’s Effect and The Orange Frog.
He is the CEO of Good Think Inc., a Cambridge-based consulting firm which researches positive outliers -- people who are well above average -- to understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. Achor founded GoodThinkInc to share his research with the world. Subsequently, he 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, Achor 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.
Achor graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a masters degree from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. For seven years, he served as an officer of Harvard, living in Harvard Yard and counseling students through the stresses of their first year. Shawn Achor continues to conduct original psychology research on happiness and organizational achievement in collaboration with Yale University and the Institute for Applied Positive Research.
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