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41 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Shawn Achor. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Shawn Achor, often where they are interviewed.

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41 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Shawn Achor. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Shawn Achor, often where they are interviewed.

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Ep. 137 The Science of Happiness || Shawn Achor, Positive Psychologist

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Achieve your potential with Shawn Achor a Positive Psychologist and CEO of Good Think who claims the largest competitive advantage for companies right now are happy workers. In today’s episode, Achor shares his definition of happiness, how to overcome depression, and what is holding you back people from your potential.

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Oct 24 2020 · 55mins
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Shawn Achor: ...the importance of spending time with the right people

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How would you like to unlock hidden sources of potential in yourself and others? Our guest, Shawn Achor, feels it’s possible to do just that. Shawn is the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness and is known as one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His latest book, Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being, is now available on Amazon. You can learn more about Shawn on his website: http://www.shawnachor.com.

(This is a repost of a previously aired episode with Shawn.)


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Oct 17 2020 · 40mins

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Big Potential by Shawn Achor

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Welcome to BB&B! This month join Monica and I as we discuss Big Potential by Shawn Achor. Published in January 2018, hardcover 240 pages.

In a world of competition and individual achievement, we are measuring and pursuing potential all wrong. By pursuing success in isolation, we are not only limiting our potential, we are becoming more stressed and disconnected than ever.

Listen to Monica and I as we discuss how happiness is contagious and how human potential is influenced by those around us.

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Aug 17 2020 · 38mins
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Episode #109 Shawn Achor

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You Can Be a Superstar | Join bestselling author and Ted Talk titan, Shawn Achor, as he shares research, insight and tales from his bestselling book, Big Potential and how only through pursuing happiness and success together can we see our big potential. Oh, and listen for a fantastic story about Oprah. Yes, that Oprah.

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Jun 30 2020 · 37mins
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#83: Book Discussion…”Before Happiness, the 5 hidden keys to achieving success, spreading happiness, and sustaining positive change” by Shawn Achor

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Most of us want to live a happier more joyous life. Join Debi and Genie as they discuss the New York Times Best Seller written by Shawn Achor, “Before Happiness”. Shawn is a leading expert in the field of positive psychology and in this book, he shares scientific research and also practical techniques for unleashing your own “positive genius”. This book changed the way I personally look at happiness and success…so sit back, grab your Love Your Life journal and prepare to change your own outlook on life.

Jun 17 2020 · 55mins
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The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

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  • In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor proves that success follows happiness and not the other way around. 
  • He distills various findings in the field of positive psychology to provide practical advice on how to improve your well-being, achieve goals, and develop stronger relationships – all by adopting a more positive mindset.

Theme 1: Simple Ways to Boost Happiness - 4:16
Theme 2: How To Develop a Happier Mindset - 14:33
Theme 3: Utilize Your Greatest Asset - 27:27

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TED Talk: https://youtu.be/LqeAiz691-s

Google talk on happiness as a competitive advantage: https://youtu.be/jp9u2H_b71Y

Oprah interview: https://youtu.be/Ssu6Hctz7BM

NatCon talk: https://youtu.be/Ssu6Hctz7BM

Interview about the Happiness Advantage: https://youtu.be/3KvvZe63bO4

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Full Title: The Happiness Advantage
Year of Book Publication: 2010
Book Author: Shawn Achor

To purchase the complete edition of this book click here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00435DZ7S/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_cYr6EbEH6WAWN

Book Insight Writer: Rafal Jennek
Editor: Cian Traynor
Producer: Daniel Gonzalez & Gabe Mara
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Curator: Tom Butler-Bowdon

Jun 17 2020 · 37mins
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The Pursuit of Happiness in Uncertain Times with Shawn Achor #206

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“I think happiness in great times is a luxury item. I think, right now, optimism, happiness becomes one of those essentials - the necessities that we absolutely need.” – Shawn Achor

 How can we be happy, even in challenging times? In this episode, Brian interviews happiness expert Shawn Achor to discover how we can create happiness, spread it to other people and use it as an advantage in our lives. Topics discussed include how a crisis can deepen our social bonds and give us meaning, how people can understand their own potential and where potential, success and happiness intersect.


  • How to process this crisis and have a happier and more productive outcome.
  • How a shift in mindset and behavior can help you change course in difficult times.
  • The five seeds of potential that help people thrive in crisis.


Buffini & Company MasterMind Summit

Shawn Achor’s TED Talk

PBS Special: The Happiness Advantage

“The Happiness Advantage,” by Shawn Achor

“Big Potential,” by Shawn Achor

“Mere Christianity,” by C.S. Lewis

“The Great Divorce,” by C.S. Lewis

Wilbur Smith, author


“While it is unprecedented that we've never shut down the world because of a global pandemic ever, what isn't unprecedented is the fact that humans have gone through crises and overcome them.” – Shawn Achor

“What we have great precedent for is that humans overcome challenges and crises in the exact same way. Eventually, the turning point comes when people are able to raise their levels of optimism, social connection, refine the meaning that they have within their work, and be able to restart that forward progress.” – Shawn Achor

“People think happiness is connected to whimsy. This is a toughness. This is a determination. This is a resolve. It's a spirit. It's mind and heart.” – Brian Buffini

“I think people are going to become more grateful because convenience has been taken out of our life.” – Brian Buffini

“People are either going to get bitter or better at this time.” – Brian Buffini

“The mindset shift I'm hoping people make is not ‘How do I get out of this crisis myself? How do I hunker down? How do I solve this?’ But rather, ‘How do I create an interconnected pursuit of happiness and success within my life?’” – Shawn Achor

“The geometry of the challenges in your life are constantly in flux, based upon whether or not you think you're alone, or with other people overcoming a challenge.” – Shawn Achor

“I want to move away from a self-help approach to happiness.” – Shawn Achor

“The greatest predictors of our long-term levels of happiness right now are other people.” – Shawn Achor

“When somebody's going through a challenge, optimism doesn't shield them from it. But optimism and social connection cause them to become more adaptive to get out of that quicker.” – Shawn Achor

“The crisis actually gives us something meaningful to bond around.” – Shawn Achor

“People have these seeds of untapped potential that they oftentimes don't even know that they could cause to flourish, or they don't have the time for.” – Shawn Achor

“If the height of your potential is predicted by the people around you, we need to find some way of lifting them up right now.” – Shawn Achor

“There's ways to find growth in the midst of a challenge.” – Shawn Achor

“Sometimes you have to get away from what you have that's comfortable to go after what's great.”  – Brian Buffini



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Apr 07 2020 · 35mins
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Happiness Amidst Coronavirus? Shawn Achor’s Take (ep. 236)

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How can I have optimism, happiness and social connectivity during the coronavirus pandemic?    Acclaimed happiness expert Shawn Achor reminds us that it’s in the darkest times that we need optimism, gratitude and social connection the most.   After spending 12 years at Harvard earning dozens of distinguished teaching awards, Shawn went on to become a New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential, deliver a TEDx with over 19 million views and work with 30+ Fortune 100 companies.   Today, Shawn joins me to talk about coronavirus and what you can do to be happy and feel connected during this season of unprecedented adversity. You’ll leave today’s conversation with research-based reasoning to be optimistic and 3 practical tips to increase during any season of uncertainty.


  • During high school, Shawn recalls the Branch Davidians + how the Waco siege gave him insight and compassion for people trying to understand conflicts. 
  • Shawn is fascinated by how some people can rise out of a challenge and use it to propel them forward while it can paralyze others.
  • As a volunteer firefighter, Shawn unexpectedly was accepted to Harvard and granted a military scholarship. His admission essay focused on his hunger to expand his small world and how he'd want to remind his peers how privileged they were.
  • Expectations affect gratitude: Quickly, Shawn recognized that many of his peers' expectations were met in attending Harvard and didn't experience the same level of gratitude because his acceptance was not expected. 
  • Rather than embracing the gift of the moment, we often are too focused on looking forward. 
  • While doing research on Harvard, Shawn saw that success wasn't yielding happiness because your brain adjusts to what the goal is.
  • Does success = happiness? If people become happier, raise their gratitude for the present, deepen social networks or raise their levels of optimism, then success rates rise dramatically.
  • "Happiness during good times is more of a luxury item. When things get difficult, happiness has an even more beneficial effect."
  • "In the darkest times is when we need optimism, gratitude and social connection the most."
  • "Happiness is not irrational optimism."
  • "Optimism allows your brain to be the most adaptive possible when the negative occurs."
  • Rational optimism: starts with a realistic assessment of the present but maintains the belief that eventually my behavior will matter if linked to the right people.
  • While teaching and researching happiness, Shawn courageously shared he was battling depression.
  • While battling depression, Shawn learned that the majority of our happiness is interconnected with each other.
  • If someone who is genetically predisposed to pessimism can make small tweaks to their day, they can experience impactful change. 
  • Three practical tips to increase optimism, happiness and social connectivity:  
    1. Each day, practice scanning for 3 new things that happened in the last 24 hours that you're grateful for. 
    2. When anything positive happens, jot it down on a piece of paper, throw them in a bowl and read back through them at a later date.
    3. Take a few minutes to send a positive message, email or text to someone which will create a ripple effect and a reciprocal loop.
  • "Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it is the realization that we can."
  • Get Shawn Achor's New York Times bestselling books Big Potential, The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness.

To combat all this negativity and fear around coronavirus and the other uncertainty we face, I created a 21-day challenge to inspire our community to focus on what they can control and to remain ferociously optimistic that their best remains ahead. Sign up for the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge here.


1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Confidence.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A broken guitar that I love.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? C.S. Lewis. He's been the biggest influence in my life and who I've modeled my career after.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?  My mentor Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar said, "You're never as great as you think you are and you're never as bad as you think you are."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Make friends. If you want friends, you have to be a friend. Don't let loneliness and insecurities stop you from feeling socially connected.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?  He made other people feel understood and that happiness was actually possible.

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Mar 12 2020 · 54mins
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Shawn Achor - Big Potential

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TED Speaker, author and happiness guru, Shawn Achor shares the five traits needed to reach our biggest potential, the science of happiness and the true power of social connection.

To learn more about Shawn Achor visit https://premierespeakers.com/shawn_achor

Beyond Speaking is hosted by Brian Lord and produced by Eric Woodie

Mar 10 2020 · 32mins
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Shawn Achor on The Happiness Advantage

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Most people believe: if you work harder, you will be more successful, and then you will be happy. But if you think the key to happiness is success, you’ve got it backwards. It’s happiness that fuels success. Shawn Achor is one of the world’s leading experts on the science of happiness. He’s the bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential. More than a decade of research shows that training your brain to be positive first actually leads to greater success at work. On this episode, Shawn shares the four biggest predictors of happiness, how to spark happiness in your own life, and the simple steps you can take to embrace a positive mindset.

Mar 05 2020 · 50mins