Ripple’s Effect


With Ripple’s Effect, Harvard-trained researcher Shawn Achor and GoodThink CEO and Happiness and Technology expert, Amy Blankson (aka Unicorn Amy), bring the science of positive psychology and The Happiness Advantage to kids! This delightful tale teaches children that happiness is a choice they get to make for themselves.

No one will play with Ripple, the new dolphin at the aquarium, because of Snark and his shiver of sharks. No one is having any fun at all.

With her trainer’s reminder that happiness is a choice and that we can each make the world a better place because of who we choose to be, Ripple is determined not to be intimidated by Snark. To put an end once and for all to Snark’s no-fun rules, Ripple challenges Snark to a staring competition—if she can make Snark smile, Ripple wins and everyone gets to play.

Will Ripple’s smile be enough to save the day?

Who Is Ripple?

Ripple’s Effect is being embraced by all who read it, including the Mom’s Choice Awards.

In Ripple’s Effect, a story for children teaches that a gesture as simple as a smile can have a profound effect on others.”

— GRETCHEN RUBIN, New York Times Best-selling Author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home

About the Authors

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 is the author of New York Times best-selling books The Happiness Advantage (2010) and Before Happiness (2013). He recently did a two-hour interview with Oprah at her house discussing happiness research and perception of success.

Shawn Achor 2013 headshot

Amy Blankson

Amy Blankson is the only person to be named a Point of Light by two Presidents (President Bush and President Clinton).  She received a Presidential appointment to serve a five-year term on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National Service, and was one of the youngest delegates to the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future. She is currently doing research in partnership with Google to determine how to make positive psychology strategies stick and create sustainable positive change. She serves as a Visioneer for the Xprize Foundation for Personal Health, and is a featured expert on Oprah’s Happiness course.

Amy Blankson