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I came across Shawn Achor's book The Happiness Advantage because Danielle LaPorte mentioned it. Then I tracked down his TED talk. Of all the books I've read on happiness over the years, Shawn's book had some of the most practical tips on happiness I had ever encountered. Not only that, it was backed up by tons of research. So when I got a copy of his new book, I immediately asked his publicist if she'd be willing to let me interview him. Here are some highlights from our chat:
  • A Look at Shawn's Early Work in Religion and Psychology Shawn Achor
  • Why Positive Brains Lead to Better Outcomes in All Areas of Life
  • An Interesting Look at Spirituality, Religion, and Happiness
  • The Opportunity to Choose Between Multiple Realities
  • Why You Don't Have to Meditate for 7 Years to Find Yourself
  • Divorcing Yourself from Your Genetic Make Up to Create a New Reality
  • How to Make Changes to Your Habits By Tapping into Past Successes
  • Making a Mindset Shift to Separate Happiness from Your Environment
  • Why We Study and Learn from Positive Outliers
  • Going Back to Places When You Have Less Than Now, But Were Really Happy
  • Why Genetics and Environment Don't Necessarily Indicate Our Potential
  • How People Experience Post Traumatic Growth 
  • Why We've Had the Formula for Happiness and Success Better
  • Learning How to Become More Optimistic and Productive 
  • Several Scientifically Proven Ways to Become Happier
  • Ideas for Speeding Yourself Towards Your Goal
  • Why Small Changes Have the Greatest Impact on Our Lives
  • A Productivity Hack for  Rocking Your To-Do List
  • Putting the Concept of Activation Energy to Work
  • How to Create Unconscious Positive Genius  
  • Why Your Vision Boards Don't Actually Work
Tweetable Insights Include:
  • There are multiple ways of looking at the exact same reality (Click to Tweet)
  • You will be just genes and your environment unless you make changes to your mindset and habits (Click to Tweet)
  • Every time your brain has a success, your brain changes the goal post for what success looks like (Click to Tweet)
  • If you have a mindset change, but don't make a behavioral change it doesn't last very long (Click to Tweet)
  • The greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged brain (Click to Tweet)
Shawn Achor is author of BEFORE HAPPINESS and THE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE, founder of GoodThinkInc, a positive psychology researcher, and a speaker. You can follow him on twitter @shawnachor. If you liked this article, would you share it with your friends? Just click here to post it to Twitter.

Originally aired about 3 years ago.

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