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.

The Science of Friendship

By Shawn Achor | July 21, 2016

With strong social support, we can accomplish impressive feats of resilience and even extend our lives.

Laugh Your Way to a Happy Workplace

By Shawn Achor | June 24, 2016

Use humor to foster a positive work environment.

Why Working More Is Making You Less Productive

By Shawn Achor | April 21, 2016

Your downtime is more precious than you think.

Why You Should Map Your Mental World

By Shawn Achor | March 10, 2016

Notice the areas of your life that might not get the attention they deserve.

How Asking for Help Is a Sign of Strength and Humility

By Shawn Achor | February 10, 2016

We think depending on on others is a sign of weakness and that being self-reliant is the key to success. But the opposite is true.

Increase Your Activity; Increase Your Happiness

By Shawn Achor | January 14, 2016

It’s as simple as walking three times a week.

Don’t Sprint the Marathon

By Shawn Achor | December 31, 2015

Focus on the process, not the finish line.

How (and Why) to Give the Perfect Gift

By Shawn Achor | December 21, 2015

We’ve reaped phenomenal results in researching the power of giving, and the results may seem counterintuitive to the field of positive psychology. We’ve known that social connection is the greatest predictor of happiness—measured by how people rate the quality of their lives, what we call “subjective well-being”—in the long term. But we’ve traditionally measured it…

The Science of a Smile

By Shawn Achor | November 2, 2015

Want people around you to be more positive? Check your face first.

Why You Need to Stop Worrying About Failing

By Shawn Achor | October 14, 2015

Do you know what “icing the kicker” means? In football, when a kicker is preparing to make a potential game-winning field goal, the opposing coach will often call a timeout right before the ball is snapped. The thinking behind this strategy is that a last-second timeout will distract the kicker and disrupt his rhythm. The…