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.

Press Mute on Brain Noise

By Shawn Achor | January 20, 2014

In today’s world of smartphones and 24-hour news channels, we’ve become addicted to information. I found myself filling all my micro-moments each day with stuff that blocked me from forward progress. Brain “noise” is any information that is irrelevant, useless, hypothetical or distracting. And noise saps our brains of the energy to process the actually…

Holiday Cheer

By Shawn Achor | December 25, 2013

History offers some dramatic examples of how the human brain is designed for emotional contagion. Perhaps the craziest on record is the Dancing Plague of 1518. It reportedly began when a woman, Frau Troffea, started dancing in the streets of Strasbourg, France, and didn’t stop until she collapsed from exhaustion. Then she started again. Within…

A Renewable Source of Joy

By Shawn Achor | September 11, 2013

Is happiness harder to find in the modern world? A May report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that between 1999 and 2010, suicide in adults age 35-64 rose 28.4 percent. It rose 48.6 percent for men in their 50s and 59.7% for women age 60-64. Depression can be crippling—the more we…

The X-Spot

By Shawn Achor | September 10, 2013

There are few better ways to witness the sheer power of human potential than to watch a runner cross the finish line of a marathon. It’s incredible to see months and years of training, determination and self-discipline culminating in one moment of pure achievement. What fascinates me is I have never once seen a runner…

The Happiness Guy: Feeling Out of Control?

By Shawn Achor | July 25, 2013

If there’s one thing sure to cause unhappiness, it’s the feeling that we lack control over things around us. If it’s all out of our hands, what’s the point of working at a particular job, or being in a relationship or… getting out of bed? Studies show that people with a greater sense of control…

The Happiness Guy: The Key to Great Teams

By Shawn Achor | June 20, 2013

Who is the most important person on a team? If you follow sports, you know commentators will often talk about the “glue guys” or “glue gals” who hold their teams together in the midst of challenge and are largely responsible for their triumphs. Sometimes it’s even the injured quarterback sitting on the sidelines. The same…

Choose Success

By Shawn Achor | May 22, 2013

We love having options… chocolate or vanilla? Comedy or drama? Boxers or briefs? But wou

The Happiness Guy: Finding Meaning

By Shawn Achor | April 23, 2013

New research led by social psychologist Roy Baumeister articulates a paradox each of us faces&m

Rethinking STRESS

By Shawn Achor | March 25, 2013

Numerous studies have shown that stress can be unhealthy—the American Institute of Stress

Raise Your Spirits and Boost Your Success.

By Shawn Achor | February 15, 2013

Until I began researching happiness at Harvard, I thought that if you just worked harder, you&r