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.

Don’t Let Your Blind Spots Distort Reality

By Shawn Achor | February 20, 2015

The “blind spot” is the area in the back of the eyeball that lacks receptors and thus cannot absorb the light coming into the eye. We’re not consciously aware of these gaps because our brains literally invent information that fills in our fields of vision. Similarly, in Before Happiness, I wrote that we all have…

Is the Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?

By Shawn Achor | January 23, 2015

If you saw me on Super Soul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey, you’ll know that Oprah and I discussed the age-old question: Is the glass half-empty or half-full? Even the positive-minded media mogul admitted to wrestling with the question. “I beat myself up because sometimes I look at it and I go, It’s definitely half-empty, and…

How to Deal with Debbie Downer

By Shawn Achor | January 15, 2015

Chances are you have someone in your life who is difficult. Whether it’s a boss, neighbor or co-worker, interacting with a Debbie Downer always leaves you feeling negative or drained. It’s easy to allow these feelings to loom over your day, but when we do that, we’re actually ignoring other parts of our reality. We…