Heard the news? This year, Kynection features a keynote from someone who, based on his own extensive scientific research, argues it’s possible to raise the bar of your potential by raising your level of positive thinking. Ahead of his perspective-shifting talk at Kynection, here are 3 things you should know about Shawn Achor.
He’s Got the Chops
Shawn is a best-selling author, Harvard graduate and instructor, and presenter of one of the most popular TED Talks of all time. After 12 years sharing his research at Harvard, he took his teachings to almost half of the Fortune 100, the Pentagon, White House and impoverished schools in Africa.
In short, he has a reputation for knowing his stuff and it’s absolutely incredible that he’ll bring his expertise to the Kynection stage!
He’s a Leading Happiness Expert
Yes, there is such a thing! And it’s so, so important. Everyone wants to be happy—that’s a given. But what many people don’t realize is there is a direct correlation between your level of happiness and your potential for success. Here’s a description for his book, “The Happiness Advantage”:
“Our most commonly held formula for success is broken. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy…But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.”
Think about it. Your mindset shapes your outcome. The energy you put out into the world eventually returns to you. Shawn spent years studying these ideas and has a lot to teach you on the subject.
He Knows the Power of Connections
In “The Happiness Advantage”, Shawn identifies 7 positive psychology elements that fuel success. One of them is social investment, or “how to reap the dividends of investing in one of the greatest predictors of success and happiness—our social support network.”
Sound familiar? Our culture is grounded in this very notion. Shawn’s even preparing to share some of his new research about this topic with us at Kynection!