Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor
Shawn Achor is a Harvard-trained researcher and best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. Get a daily dose of happy at Shawn's Facebook page.

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Why Negative Experiences Can Lead to Profound Growth

By Shawn Achor | July 12, 2020

Don’t miss your opportunity to grow from the most traumatic situations.

How Changing Your Perception Can Help You Achieve Your Goals Faster

By Shawn Achor | April 28, 2020

To make progress on your goals, try these three strategies to change your perception of your target.

How to Combat Negative Thinking

By Shawn Achor | March 12, 2020

You can limit the impact of negative thinking by building mental strongholds against stress, adversity or sadness.

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4 Types of Mental ‘Noise’ You Should Ignore

By Shawn Achor | December 11, 2019

If you attend to the noise, it will hijack your motivation and decrease your focus.


The Power of Visualization

By Shawn Achor | October 10, 2019

Visualization is about much more than just sitting back and imagining that good things will happen. There is actually a huge body of research suggesting that mental imagery can dramatically impact our actions.

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The ‘Virtuous Cycle’: How to Create Compounding Successes

By Shawn Achor | September 23, 2019

When we commit to making others better, there is no limit to what we can accomplish both individually and collectively.

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The Key to Success on a Team Is Connection

By Shawn Achor | September 13, 2019

When it comes to potential, individual traits and aptitudes are poor predictors of success on a team. Instead, it is all about the ecosystem around you.

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Surround Yourself With These 3 Positive Influencers

By Shawn Achor | March 1, 2019

The people you spend the most time with make the most difference.

Why You Should (Temporarily) Ignore Your Problems

By Shawn Achor | November 30, 2018

Contrary to popular misconceptions, taking time away from your problems may actually help you reap one of the greatest competitive advantages that exists today.

The Key to Creating Positive Habits

By Shawn Achor | November 13, 2018

Your happiness is a deep, personal journey. If you want to create an authentic sense of joy, write your own rules for staying positive.