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  • Inspiring


Shawn Achor, a lecturer on happiness and the best-selling author of Before Happiness, provides effective tactics for increasing your happiness. He offers clear principles for improving your state of mind, career path, health, and relationships with the world and other people. His clean prose and commonsense advice explain why, almost 10 years after its publication, his book remains a bestseller, noted for its straightforward tips and pragmatic, accessible program. Achor cites extensive research to back his claim that managerial and executive success derives from positivity and personal happiness.

About the Author

Shawn Achor founded his consulting firm GoodThink in 2007. His TED Talk on happiness has drawn more than 20 million views, and millions have seen his PBS lecture. He also wrote the New York Times best-sellers Before Happiness and Big Potential.

Using seven tenets of positive psychology can improve your happiness, success and performance.

Achor urges you to become more positive and consciously grateful for good moments. Notice when you default to a negative view, and turn to these seven principles to lift your spirits and restore your optimism. “When our brains constantly scan for and focus on the positive,” the author writes, “we profit from three of the most important tools available to us: happiness, gratitude and optimism.”

1. “The Happiness Advantage” – Happiness begets success.

Achor explains that psychologists traditionally concluded that successful people were happy because of their success. In fact, he stresses, happiness is the precursor to success. Having a positive mind-set brings you substantial benefits as compared to having a negative attitude. 

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