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Fittingly, positive psychologist Shawn Achor has a wonderful sense of humor, which is one reason why his TED Talk about the “happiness advantage” has garnered millions of views. The fast-speaking lecturer keeps viewers giggling as he jumps from personal stories to professional findings with lightning speed while building his case for having a positive outlook. For those seeking well-grounded advice on attaining success and happiness, getAbstract believes this entertaining talk is the perfect place to start.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What benefits a positive outlook confers,
  • Why the current formulas for attaining happiness are failing, and
  • What you can do to become a happier, more successful person.

About the Speaker

Shawn Achor is a positive psychologist and author of The Happiness Advantage.



When positive psychologist Shawn Achor was seven, his little sister fell from the top bunk while the two were playing. With all the cunning and panic of an older sibling likely to receive the blame, Achor kept his sister from crying by suggesting that the way she’d landed – on all fours – meant that she must be a unicorn. His sister was delighted and resumed playing. Unknowingly, Achor had stumbled upon the practice of positive psychology.

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    Mike Dobbin 3 years ago
    This guy is good!
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    JISSA VARGHESE 4 years ago
    very good indeed !!!
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    Pat Brigger 6 years ago
    Some great advice here. Read and listen to the 21 day exercise, I can highly recommend it!