Shawn Achor uses his experience at Harvard to help explain the importance of happiness and the significance of Positive Psychology in both our business and personal lives. His interesting talk uses statistics and stories to prove that happiness is important for many reasons and leaves you with a lot to think about.
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, Shawn 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, Forbes and BusinessWeek.
Shawn 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, Shawn served as an Officer of Harvard, living in Harvard Yard studying and counseling Harvard students. Shawn now travels around the world giving talks on this research.
When the economy collapsed, the world's largest banks sent Shawn 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. Shawn is currently collaborating with Yale University on researching the link between happiness and performance, and his new book on his research and travels, The Happiness Advantage: How Positive Brains Raise Performance, will be published September, 2010.
Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness
Shawn Achor examines recent scientific breakthroughs in the study of happiness and applies the research to our everyday lives. What are the internal and external causes of happiness? Is our happiness genetic or can it be changed? What role do optimism, mental priming, goal-setting and mind-set play in our ability to be happy? Achor concludes with a discussion of researched applications for increasing our baseline level of happiness. The Ripple Effect: Emotional Contagion in the Workplace
Shawn Achor explains how changes in our own mind-set and behavior can have a powerful impact on those around us. Given the right set of conditions, individual changes can ripple through an organization and produce a more productive, positive work culture. Audiences will learn about the latest scientific research on mirror neurons and mental priming to explain how positivity and negativity spread, how we can each become a lightning rod for change, and how a positive work culture profoundly affects an organization's bottom line. Positive Psychology and Business: Where Happiness and Profit Intersect
Many individuals believe they will be happy once they finally achieve success. Shawn Achor explains why this thinking is counterproductive; research shows that happiness actually fuels success and organizations that focus on achievement at the expense of well-being put themselves at a significant disadvantage. Audiences will learn how positive emotions generate greater productivity, employee loyalty and company profit. Managers will learn positive psychology tools that prime their employees for greater job performance and job satisfaction. Becoming a Positive Outlier: The Science of Human Potential
Shawn Achor explores what science has uncovered about the limits of potential, what gets in the way of achieving our potential and how we can retrain our brains to break through these obstacles. How much change are we really capable of? By combining the latest research in brain neuroplasticity, social psychology and the study of society's positive outliers, this lecture explains how we can achieve more in numerous domains of life—in our jobs and our social relationships, and even on the athletic field.
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