Episode 15 | The Science of Happiness with Shawn Achor

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Jack Canfield Podcast: Episode 15
The Science of Happiness

Today I am really excited because I have a truly special guest joining us: Shawn Achor. 

Shawn is one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success.

His research on mindset made the cover of the Harvard Business Review. He’s lectured or worked with nearly half of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as NASA, the NFL, the NBA, the Pentagon, and the White House.

He is the author of several books, two of them New York Times bestselling books, The Happiness Advantage and The Big Potential.

Shawn’s mission is to bring popular psychology to the wider world. His TED talk was one of the most powerful and popular of all time with nearly 25 million views. He’s now lectured in more than 50 countries, speaking to CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai, school children in South Africa and farmers in Zimbabwe, and many, many other diverse audiences. His Happiness Advantage Training is one of the largest and most successful Positive Psychology Corporate Training Programs. And he recently did a two-hour interview with Oprah for her Super Soul Sunday Show, which you can watch on YouTube.

Tune in to Episode 15 of The Jack Canfield Podcast where we dive deep into the ideas of happiness and self-help and the popular misconceptions around them; the overlooked importance of relationships and connections for personal happiness; and learn the things you can do right now to grow true happiness and potential.

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🎯Inside this episode:

  • Greater Happiness as a Choice:  Shawn explains how small mindset changes break the tyranny of genes and environment over mood and happiness (02:21)
  • The Disciplines of Happiness: Learn about the two-minute gratitude exercises you can do every day to maximize your happiness (05:25)
  • A New Idea of Happiness: How happiness and joy lies in discovering potential, not the achievement of material goals (17:56)
  • Eliminating the Comparison Game: Shawn explains the negative effect of self-promotion on personal happiness, and the benefits of caring for others. (25:15)
  • Climbing the Hill Together:  The importance of relationship community and connection in growing individual potential and happiness (30:54) 
  • Other People as the Key to Happiness:  Shawn’s cruise ship journey and how appreciation of others creates greater happiness and safety for yourself (56:50)

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Meet Jack Canfield

For over 40 years, he has been teaching entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders, and people from all walks of life how to create the life they desire.

As the beloved originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul(r) series, he's taught millions of individuals his modernized formulas for success, and has trained and certified over 2,700 students to teach his content and methodology in 107 countries around the world.