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Shawn Achor

Harvard Researcher and Positive Psychologist Expert

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Virginia
Fee Range:
$40,000 - $60,000

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures in the most popular class at Harvard. In 2009 alone, Achor was invited to lecture in 36 different countries on how positive psychology can raise happiness and performance.

Featured Videos

TED Talk: The Happiness Secret to Better Work

Shawn Achor at NatCon17

How to be Happy - The Happiness Advantage - Sean Achor

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Bio

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures in the most popular class at Harvard. In 2009 alone, Achor was invited to lecture in 36 different countries on how positive psychology can raise happiness and performance. His work received attention in The Wall Street Journal,The New York Times,ForbesandBusinessWeek. Achor graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. In 2006, he served as Head Teaching Fellow with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar of "Positive Psychology," a class that enrolled 1 out of every 7 Harvard undergraduates. For seven years, Achor served as an Officer of Harvard, living in Harvard Yard studying and counseling Harvard students.

Achor now travels around the world giving talks on this research. When the economy collapsed, the world's largest banks sent Achor on a tour of banking crisis centers to restore confidence and forward progress. He has worked with doctors in Dubai, farmers in Zimbabwe, CEOs in Hong Kong and students in South Africa. Achor is currently collaborating with Yale University on researching the link between happiness and performance and his most recent book on his research and travels is entitled The Happiness Advantage: How Positive Brains Raise Performance.

News

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    How One Positive Change Can Spark A Ripple Effect Of Happiness

    (Huffington Post) – It begins with you.

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    4 EASY TIPS TO BLISS FROM OPRAH’S HAPPINESS GURU

    (Hollywood Reporter) – Shawn Achor, a former Harvard University staffer who worked on a course called "Happiness 101," says happiness is a choice.

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    5 Ways to Feel Happier on Your Work Commute

    (Popsugar) – Are there ways to make your commute happier? Research says yes!

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    Brigid Schulte: If looking for happiness in career achievements, you’ve got it backward

    (Tulsa World) – To those who think of happiness as a "nice to have" luxury or something that comes after a lifetime of sacrifice of single-mindedly driving to achieve a goal, happiness researcher Shawn Achor, head of Goodthink and author of "The Happiness Advantage" (2010), is on a mission to change minds, hearts and lives.

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    How to be more successful — the fun way

    (The Week) – We all want to be more successful. But everything you read probably sounds like a lot of work. Isn't there a scientifically proven method that's a little more… fun? There is.

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    The easiest way to practice presenting

    (Boston.com) – "All the great speakers," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "were bad speakers at first."

    You already know the value of practice, but it doesn't always need to be YOU on stage. "You can observe a lot just by watching," said Yogi Berra.

    The question is, what to watch?

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    Shawn Achor Opening General Session Speaker at the Annual Conference

    Shawn Achor, one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success, has won over a dozen distinguished teaching awards. A lecturer on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard, he will open the conference on Sunday, September 27, 3–5 p.m.

  • TEDX ANCHORAGE PACKS FULL HOUSE IN LOUSSAC LIBRARY

    (The Northern Light) – On Saturday afternoon, people were lined out the door waiting to see TEDx Anchorage 2015 at the Z. J. Loussac Library. This day-long event’s goal was spreading the knowledge of energizing Alaska. Whether it is through industrialism, power, or personal stories, many strong speakers depicted their knowledge to a full audience.

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    Happiness Begins Today With Launch Of Four Oceans

    PLANO, Texas, April 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — FourOceans Global, LLC, announced today that the company is officially open.  Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Four Oceans is the leading lifestyle and professional development learning and experiential social selling company focused on a positive, meaningful life defined and attained through "sustained happiness."

    Founded by industry veteran Robert Oblon who has put together a world-class executive team, Four Oceans looks to elevate global happiness beginning with its 2014 acquisition of The Success Training Network (formally called TSTN) plus many thought leaders in the field of happiness headlined by Shawn Achor, the world's most recognized Positive Psychologist, Four Oceans is poised to revolutionize the direct selling and self-improvement industries.

Speech Topics

Right now with hyper-competition at work and in our schools, it can feel like success is zero sum. The extreme pressure to achieve and stand out means people are working harder than ever, well-being is declining, and depression rates are skyrocketing. Shawn’s newest book BIG POTENTIAL looks at how if we pursue happiness and success individually, there’s a cap on what we can achieve. Only by pursuing happiness and success together with others can we see our Big Potential.


Common sense is not common action. This is because information does not necessarily cause transformation because we require a certain level of “activation energy” to start a change. Shawn’s research in the field of positive psychology has revealed how changes in our own brain due to mindset and behavior can have a ripple effect to a team and an entire organization. This positive ripple effect can create a more productive, positive work culture making positive change easier. Audiences will learn about the latest scientific research on mirror neurons and mental priming to explain how positivity and negativity spread, case studies on how to become a lightning rod for change, and findings on how a positive ripple effect profoundly affects an organization’s ability to transition and change.


Common sense is not common action. This is because information does not necessarily cause transformation because we require a certain level of “activation energy” to start a change. Shawn’s research in the field of positive psychology has revealed how changes in our own brain due to mindset and behavior can have a ripple effect to a team and an entire organization. This positive ripple effect can create a more productive, positive work culture making positive change easier. Audiences will learn about the latest scientific research on mirror neurons and mental priming to explain how positivity and negativity spread, case studies on how to become a lightning rod for change, and findings on how a positive ripple effect profoundly affects an organization’s ability to transition and change.


Most companies and schools follow this formula: if you work harder, you will be more successful, and then you will be happy. This formula is scientifically backward. A decade of research shows that training your brain to be positive at work first actually fuels greater success second. In fact, 75% of our job success is predicted not by intelligence, but by your optimism, social support network and the ability to manage energy and stress in a positive way. By researching top performers at Harvard, the world’s largest banks, and Fortune 500 companies, Shawn discovered patterns which create a happiness advantage for positive outliers the highest performers at the company. Based on his new book, The Happiness Advantage (September 2010 from Random House), Shawn explains what positive psychology is, how much we can change, and practical applications for reaping the Happiness Advantage in the midst of change and challenge.


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