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Shawn Achor
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Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn has become one of the world's leading expert on the connection between happiness and success. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular all time with over 4 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn teaches for the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School, and collaborates on research with Yale and Columbia University.
 
In 2007, Shawn founded Good Think to share his research with the world. Subsequently, Shawn has lectured or researched in 51 countries, speaking to CEOs in China, school children in South Africa, doctors in Dubai, and farmers in Zimbabwe. He has spoken to the Royal Family in Abu Dhabi, doctors at St. Jude Children's Hospital, and worked with the U.S. Department of Health to promote happiness. In 2012, Shawn helped lead the Everyday Matters campaign with the National MS Society and Genzyme to show how happiness remains a choice for those struggling with a chronic illness. 

Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. For seven years, Shawn also served as an Officer of Harvard, living in Harvard Yard and counseling students through the stresses of their first year. Though he now travels extensively for his work, Shawn continues to conduct original psychology research on happiness and organizational achievement in collaboration with Yale University and the Institute for Applied Positive Research.




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Before Happiness
The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change
Written by Shawn Achor


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $26.00

In his The Happiness Advantage, Harvard trained researcher Shawn Achor described why happiness is the precursor to greater success. This book is about what comes before both. Because before students can be happy or successful, they need to first develop the ability to see that positive change is possible. .

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Before Happiness
The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change
Written by Shawn Achor


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $13.99

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The Happiness Advantage
The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
Written by Shawn Achor


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $13.99

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The Happiness Advantage
The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
Written by Shawn Achor


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $25.00

Ambitions in life seems predicated on the formula that if we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, then we would be happy. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that we have it backward: Happiness fuels success, not the... Read more >
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