Shawn Achor quotes

Who is Shawn Achor?

Researcher, speaker and author of The Happiness Advantage.

Shawn Achor quotes

“Beliefs are so powerful because they dictate our efforts and actions.”

Shawn Achor

“Constantly scanning the world for the negative comes with a great cost. It undercuts our creativity, raises our stress levels, and lowers our motivation and ability to accomplish goals.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“Each one of us is like that butterfly in The Butterfly Effect and each tiny move toward a more positive mindset can send ripples of positivity through our organizations our families and our communities.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“For me, happiness is the joy we feel striving after our potential.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“Habits are like financial capital – forming one today is an investment that will automatically give out returns for years to come.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“Happiness is a mindset for your journey, not the result of your destination.”

Shawn Achor

“Happiness is not the belief that we don't need to change; it's the realization that we can.”

Shawn Achor

“I started to realize just how much our interpretation of reality changes our experience of that reality.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“If we study what is merely average, we will remain merely average.”

Shawn Achor

“It's the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.”

Shawn Achor

“Just as our view of work affects our real experience of it, so too does our view of leisure. If our mindset conceives of free time, hobby time, or family time as non-productive, then we will, in fact, make it a waste of time.”

Shawn Achor

“Look around at the people in your office, on the subway, sitting across from you at the cafe. Have you ever wondered if the world you see is the same one they see?”

Shawn Achor Before Happiness

“Meditate. Neuroscientists have found that monks who spend years meditating actually grow their left prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain most responsible for feeling happy. But don’t worry, you don’t have to spend years in sequestered, celibate silence to experience a boost. Take just five minutes each day to watch your breath go in and out.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“Only when we choose to believe that we live in a world where challenges can be overcome, our behavior matters, and change is possible can we summon all our drive, energy, and emotional and intellectual resources to make that change happen.”

Shawn Achor Before Happiness

“Our fear of consequences is always worse than the consequences themselves.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“Research shows you get multiple tasks done faster if you do them one at a time. It also decreases stress and raises happiness.”

Shawn Achor

“Students who were told to think about the happiest day of their lives right before taking a standardized math test outperformed their peers.19 And people who expressed more positive emotions while negotiating business deals did so more efficiently and successfully than those who were more neutral or negative.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“Successful people see adversity as a stepping stone rather than a stumbling block.”

Shawn Achor

“The best leaders are the ones who show their true colors not during the banner years but during times of struggle.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“The fastest way to disengage an employee is to tell him his work is meaningful only because of the paycheck.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“The more you believe in your own ability to success the more likely it is that you will.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“The person we have the greatest power to change is ourself.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“The reason some people see the world so differently from others is that the human brain doesn’t just take a picture of the external world like a camera; it is constantly interpreting and processing the information it receives.”

Shawn Achor Before Happiness

“We become more successful when we are happier and more positive.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“What identity are you wearing today?”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“What we spend our time and mental energy focusing on can indeed become our reality.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“When we are happy—when our mindset and mood are positive—we are smarter, more motivated, and thus more successful. Happiness is the center, and success revolves around it.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“Without action, knowledge is often meaningless.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“You can study gravity forever without learning how to fly.”

Shawn Achor The Happiness Advantage

“You have to train your brain to be positive just like you work out your body.”

Shawn Achor