Shawn Achor and the Happiness Advantage

A good friend of mine forwarded me this very informative and inspiring TED Talk by Shawn Achor. Shawn Achor is one of the leading researchers in the field of positive psychology. I heard about Shawn’s work a few years ago when he did an interview with Success Magazine.

This video is fantastic and includes some interesting stats including:

– Only 25% of job success is attributed to intelligence.

– 75% of job success is attributed to external factors such as optimism, social support and the ability to see stress as a challenge and not a threat.

– 90% of our happiness comes from what’s going on in our internal world and not our external environment.

If you like this TED talk, I would highly recommend Shawn’s book the “Happiness Advantage” (book review to come) and “Happier” by Tal Ben-Shahar.

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