TEDxBloomington – Shawn Achor – “The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance”

TEDxBloomington – Shawn Achor – “The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance”

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard.

His research and lectures on happiness and human potential have received attention in The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, as well as on NPR and CNN Radio, and he travels around the United States and Europe giving talks on positive psychology to Fortune 500 corporations, schools, and non-profit organizations.

Achor graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a BA in English and Religion and earned a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.

Now he is the CEO of Aspirant, a Cambridge-based consulting firm which researches positive outliers-people who are well above average-to understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. Based on his research and 12 years of experience at Harvard, he clearly and humorously describes to organizations how to increase happiness and meaning, raise success rates and profitability, and create positive transformations that ripple into more successful cultures.

In Shawn’s TEDxBloomington presentation, he says that most modern research focuses on the average, but that “if we focus on the average, we will remain merely average.” He wants to study the positive outliers, and learn how not only to bring people up to the average, but to move the entire average up.


About TEDx In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBloomington, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBloomington event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


June 30, 2011 / 36 Comments / by / in
  • great, but talks TOO FAST!

  • thanks, this video is very helpful. presentation was spot on.

  • zen

    Fulfilled: It is the way we feel when our minds are completely open to life; we become “filled” with life. Being filled with life makes you feel the way you want to feel all the time. Fulfillment is true happiness. Chemicals such as endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine make you feel good, but they do it by just allowing you to feel a little true life. Like all drugs, the effect is temporary, and it has a balancing downside. The ultimate truth is not temporary and has no down side. No drugs are necessary. The Ultimate Truth is the key to positive psychology, it will change your mind into your friend instead of the enemy it is now. Google TruthContest read the Present

  • I know and understand what he is saying is true, but it left me frustrated.  At the very end of the talk he outlined the "recipe" for reprogramming the brain and gave a hint as to the individual ingredients are – but what's next?  Where do I go from here?

  • Shawn Achor: The Happiness Revolution

  • I love this video for so many reasons. The humour is amazing, the truth is even better. Great speech but slow down a little!

  • this is brlliant

  • I wish I had discovered this earlier. A great way to begin the hard and messy work on being yourself.

  • Is it wrong of me to say that reality has changed my lense if you will.

  • WOW

  • Wow, play is just there to become more successful, meaning climbing the corporate ladder of madness. Hell no, go just play and enjoy and forego on the corporate ladder. That is way more fun!

  • Go to 11:20 for the practical, day-to-day tips.

  • 9:00
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  • Thanks for sharing good karma to you

  • that was awesome

  • I' m doing this challenge, who is with me?

  • I'm grateful for my mom
    I'm grateful for the delicious food
    I'm happy for Christmas coming soon
    -Today I studied a little and that makes me happy 😊

  • Don´t understand the need of using so many jokes, does he want to be a Stand up comedian?

  • Check this…. https://www.meetup.com/Mindfulness-from-The-Hearts-Intelligence/messages/boards/thread/50523381

    What an inspiration Shawn is! You can see the love and attention he invested in this presentation and I (and so many others) can feel all of its renewing effects. Feeling grateful. Thanks Shawn!


  • The 126 people that disliked this video most likely don't have the Happiness Advantage.

  • bay born

  • Good stuff. The anecdotes that he uses could be reduced, though.

  • is there an actual name for that notion of thinking where our brains never feel achievements as we constantly set new ones? I would like to look into it more as im doing a research project on a similar topic, thanks 🙂

  • Great talk.

  • skip to the 10 minute mark to skip the BS

  • This does actually work. Thank you for sharing this with everyone.

  • Fabulous TED Talk! This needs to be more famous.

  • I love your humour very funny and I am trying what you have suggested xx

  • I like the structured goals section in the Manifestation Miracle program  [ Check Details here ===https://plus.google.com/u/2/117309684281297662218/posts/a2QbEcywfap ]. The concept of destiny tuning has also been highly practical for me.

  • So his sister had a broken arm and landed on all fours and didn't cry? I'm calling bs

  • This is my one of my favorite ted talks! Shawn tells his story so good! He uses so many jokes and cool story's! That really keeps my feel good and it kept my mind open because of it. That is why I probably believe his research and start with all the exercises. I am almost sending for two years everyday now a thank you by e-mail to someone. Everyday to someone else. I have also been inspired by Shawn Achor his book The Happines advantage to perfrom this month 1.000 acts of kindness and try to create a butterfly effect of positive change in the world. This positive comment is one of them:) Shawn is for me a great example how
    you can make the world a better place as a human and I hope one day to have just as big positive impact on the world as Shawn!

  • 1. I am grateful to have found this video

  • Genius public speaker! A persuasive messaged with great humor peppered in. Quite enjoyable.

  • I'm watching this cause it was homework @iup

  • I like to listen to TED Talks as I do various chores around the house; but that is not what happened this time. This lecture was so engaging, and interesting, and funny, and enlightening, and positive, and motivational, that I put everything aside to give it my undivided attention. Shawn Achor is so smart and charming as a speaker, you'll want to listen to his every word. Very interesting stuff, I'm glad I watched!

  • ayyyy LMAO

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