Shawn Achor

Psychologist
Shawn Achor is the CEO of Good Think Inc., where he researches and teaches about positive psychology.

Why you should listen

Shawn 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 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. Based on his research and 12 years of experience at Harvard, he clearly and humorously describes to organizations how to increase happiness and meaning, raise success rates and profitability, and create positive transformations that ripple into more successful cultures. He is also the author of The Happiness Advantage.

Shawn Achor’s TED talks

Shawn Achor on the TED Blog

Impact of Ideas

Strangers with cookies: How a TED Talk inspired college students to do a highly altruistic act during finals week

February 25, 2014

The McGregor Reading Room at the University of Virginia is sometimes referred to as the “Harry Potter Room.” All  bookshelves, oriental carpets and chandeliers, the room earned its nickname for its posh look and the fact that it’s a favorite spot for studying. But last December, this room filled with a little real-life magic: the […]

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Since the Talk

You too can be happy. Really. A Q&A with Shawn Achor

September 18, 2013

“We think we have to be successful, then we’ll be happier. But the real problem is our brains work in the opposite order,” said Shawn Achor in his charming, immensely popular TED Talk from TEDxBloomington, “The happy secret to better work.” Achor is the CEO of consulting firm Good Think, which conducts research on positive psychology […]

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Quotes from Shawn Achor

[It’s] the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.
Shawn Achor
TEDxBloomington • 7.3M views Feb 2012
Inspiring, Funny