Before Happiness



Why are some people able to create positive changes in their lives, while others remain stuck?

In 2013 New York Times best-seller Before Happiness, Harvard-trained researcher Shawn Achor explains that before we can be happy or successful, we need to first develop the ability to see that positive change is possible.

In unlocking the secret of human potential, Achor’s research points to a key perspective that we’ve been missing: everything we know about the influence of motivation, emotion and intelligence on success, is all colored by how we interpret and perceive the world.

Only once we learn to see the world through a more positive lens can we harness our motivation, emotion, and intelligence to achieve our personal and professional goals.

By mastering these actionable and practical strategies from Shawn, you’ll create a renewable source of positivity, motivation, and engagement that will allow you to reach your fullest potential in everything you do.

The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change:

  • The Most Valuable Reality

    See a broader range of ideas and solutions by changing the details on which your brain chooses to focus.

  • Success Mapping

    Set goals oriented around the things in life that matter to you most.

  • Positive Inception

    Transfer these skills to your team, your employees, and everyone around you.

  • The X-Spot

    Use success accelerants to propel you more quickly towards your goals.

  • Noise-Canceling

    Boost the signal pointing you to opportunities and possibilities that others miss.

Translations + Publishers

Translations + Publishers

  • Chinese Complex (YE-REN Publishing House)
  • Chinese Simple (Cheers Publishing)
  • French (Editions Belfond)
  • Hungarian (HVG Publishing House)
  • Italian (Scuola di Palo Alto)
  • Japanese (Tokuma Shoten)
  • Korean (Chungrim Interactive Co.)
  • Russian (Eksmo Publishers)

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About Shawn Achor

After spending twelve years at Harvard University, Shawn Achor has become one of the world’s leading experts 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 of all time with over 13 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn has worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, and lectured in more than 50 countries speaking to CEOs in China, senior leaders at the Pentagon, schoolchildren in South Africa, and farmers in Zimbabwe. His Happiness Advantage training is the largest and most successful positive psychology corporate training program to date in the world.

Shawn is the author of New York Times best-selling books The Happiness Advantage (2010) and Before Happiness (2013), as well as Ripple’s Effect and The Orange Frog. Shawn was published in the top psychology journal last year for the work he did at UBS in partnership with Yale University to create a more effective stress training. And he recently did a two-hour interview with Oprah at her house discussing happiness research and perception of success.

Shawn Achor 2013 headshot