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The Happiness Advantage: An Interview with Shawn Achor

By Daniel Tomasulo, Ph.D.
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The Happiness Advantage: An Interview with Shawn Achor“When massive, seemingly soulless corporations recognize that the happiness of the workforce is a great predictor of long-term sustainable success, then you’ll see the societal tip occur.” ~Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, and has been involved in one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG.  He brings a truly unique perspective of applying positive psychology to the business world.

In 1998 Martin Seligman, then president of the American Psychological Association, set a new direction for the discipline:  Positive psychology. What has followed is an unprecedented publication of robust research and applied interventions.  In 2000, Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow:  The Psychology of Optimal Experience, published an article in the American Psychologist that anchored positive psychology as an evidence–based practice.

Since then the positive psychology movement has boomed.  Founded with the intention of building thriving individuals, families, and communities, proponents of the discipline can be found in popular and academic publications, working with an array of corporate entities, and teaching on college campuses throughout the world. There are even graduate degrees in positive psychology.

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The Happiness Advantage: An Interview with Shawn Achor

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  1. Congratulations Dan and Dan on a fabulous interview! This is truly wonderful, and Shawn is an amazing advocate for positive psychology in the work world. Kudos all around!

  2. Enjoyed the article. Positive psychology and Appreciative Inquiry enhanced my life; helped shape my work as a Peace Corps Volunteer; and inspired me to become a life coach when I returned to the States in 2009. I’m still receiving FB messages and emails from people, whose lives were also positively impacted by Achor and Seligman’s words and work during my Peace Corps assignment.

  3. Whooh! That surely electrifies your positive buttons!
    Shawn you’ve beamed us up another notch again and again. Carrying Love, Gratitude and that tickle support of caring to others is #1 is our thoughts. Paula and I’ll look forward to interviewing with you. You can email us at:

    With Blessings Galore!

  4. Two amazing MAPP alumni interviewing one of my favorite people in the field of positive psychology. Doesn´t get much better than this. Enjoyed reading the article. Sharing!


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