“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.Â 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:Â Positive psychology. What has followed is an unprecedented publication of robust research and applied interventions.Â In 2000, Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow:Â 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.Â 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.Â There are even graduate degrees in positive psychology.