“Happiness is a choice, happiness spreads, and happiness is an advantage.”

Shawn Achor

Happiness Habits
  • 3 Gratitudes

    Write down three new things you are grateful for each day—rewire your brain for greater optimism.

  • The Doubler

    Spend two minutes describing a meaningful experience from over the past 24 hours—double the meaning in your life.

  • Fun Fifteen

    Add 15 minutes of fun, active cardio—create a cascade of success.

  • Meditation

    Invest two minutes to train your brain to just watch your breath—undo negative effects of multitasking.

  • Conscious Act of Kindness

    Take two minutes to write an email, thanking one person in your social support network—increase the greatest happiness predictor.

The Books

The Happiness Advantage

Our most commonly held formula for success is broken. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around…Learn more

Before Happiness

Before we can be happy or successful, we need to first develop the ability to see that positive change is possible. Only once we learn to see the world through a more positive lens can we summon all our motivation, emotion, and intelligence to achieve our personal and professional goals. By mastering these strategies, you’ll create an renewable source of positivity, motivation, and engagement that will allow you to reach your fullest potential in everything you do…Learn more

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 9 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.