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50 Shawn Achor Quotes on Happiness and Productivity

Shawn Achor Quotes on Happiness and Productivity

Shawn Achor is a leading expert on positive psychology. What is that exactly? It is the area of study that looks at how positivity, success, and human potential interrelate. Through his writing, speaking, and teachings, he challenges common assumptions and uses scientifically validated research to affect positive change in the lives of those who listen.

Shawn has authored several books, including The Happiness Advantage, Ripple’s Effect, Before Happiness, and Resilience. You can also find him on the TED Talks stage.

Shawn uses his words and stories to shake up our pre-conceived ideas about critical subjects, such as success and happiness. He doesn’t give untested answers, but drills down through years of studies to draw conclusions that inspire deeper thinking and successful living. 

These Shawn Achor quotes will test your belief system and leave you pondering about concepts that will result in higher levels of optimism – and ultimately, success. Be prepared to think and explore ideas that are tested and proven in real life.

 

 

Shawn Achor Quotes from his Ted Talk

1.) “Happiness is an incredible competitive advantage.”- Shawn Achor

 

2.) “Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it is the realization that we can.” – Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor Quotes on Happiness and Productivity

3.) “You can eliminate depression without making someone happy. You can cure anxiety without teaching someone optimism. You can return someone to work without improving their job performance.” – Shawn Achor

 

4.) “Without action, knowledge is often meaningless.” – Shawn Achor

 

5.) “Only 25 percent of job successes are predicted by IQ, 75 percent of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support, and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat.” – Shawn Achor

 

6.) “If all you strive for is diminishing the bad, you’ll only attain the average and you’ll miss out entirely on the opportunity to exceed the average.” – Shawn Achor

 

7.) “In 1998, Martin Seligman, then president of the American Psychological Association, announced that it was finally time to shift the traditional approach to psychology and start to focus more on the positive side of the curve. That we needed to study what works, not just what is broken.” – Shawn Achor

 

8.) “Happiness asks us to be realistic about the present while maximizing our potential for the future.” – Shawn Achor

 

9.) “Happiness is about learning how to cultivate the mindset and behaviors that have been empirically proven to fuel greater success and fulfillment.” – Shawn Achor

 

10.) “Happiness is not just a mood — it’s a work ethic.” – Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor Quotes on Happiness and Productivity

11.) “The belief that we are just our genes is one of the most pernicious myths in modern culture — the insidious notion that people come into the world with a fixed set of abilities and that they, and their brains, cannot change.” – Shawn Achor

 

12.) “You do not have to be your genes, your childhood, your environment. We can choose how our brain looks at the world.” – Shawn Achor

 

13.) “For untold generations, we have been led to believe that happiness orbited around success. That if we work hard enough, we will be successful, and only if we are successful will we become happy. The opposite is true.” – Shawn Achor

 

14.) “When we are happy—when our mindset and mood are positive—we are smarter, more motivated, and thus more successful. Happiness is the center, and success revolves around it.” – Shawn Achor

 

15.) “The most accurate term for happiness…is the one Aristotle used: eudaimonia, which translates not directly to ‘happiness’ but to ‘human flourishing’.” – Shawn Achor

 

16.) “Happiness is not all about yellow smiley faces and rainbows. For me, happiness is the joy we feel striving after our potential.” – Shawn Achor

 

17.) “Happiness precedes important outcomes and indicators of thriving. The wealth of data found that happiness causes success and achievement, not the opposite.” – Shawn Achor

 

 

Inspiring Shawn Achor Quotes about Happiness

18.) “Even the smallest shots of positivity can give someone a serious competitive edge.” – Shawn Achor

 

19.) “A quick burst of positive emotions doesn’t just broaden our cognitive capacity; it also provides a quick and powerful antidote to stress and anxiety, which in turn improves our focus and our ability to function at our best level.” – Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor Quotes on Happiness and Productivity

20.) “Research shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness, lower stress, even improve immune function.” – Shawn Achor

 

21.) “So how do the scientists define happiness? Essentially, as the experience of positive emotions — pleasure combined with deeper feelings of meaning and purpose.” – Shawn Achor

 

22.) “Happiness implies a positive mood in the present and a positive outlook for the future.” – Shawn Achor

 

23.) “Happiness gives us a real chemical edge on the competition. How? Positive emotions flood our brains with dopamine and serotonin, chemicals that not only make us feel good, but dial up the learning centers of our brains to higher levels.” – Shawn Achor

 

24.) “Positive emotions help us organize new information, keep that information in the brain longer, and retrieve it faster later on.” – Shawn Achor

 

25.) “Money can buy happiness, but only if used to DO things as opposed to simply HAVE things.” – Shawn Achor

 

26.) “The fastest way to disengage an employee is to tell him his work is meaningful only because of the paycheck.” – Shawn Achor

 

27.) “By changing the fulcrum of our mindset and lengthening our lever of possibility, we change what is possible. It’s not the weight of the world that determines what we can accomplish. It is our fulcrum and lever.” – Shawn Achor

 

28.) “Beliefs are so powerful because they dictate our efforts and actions.” – Shawn Achor

 

29.) “When our brains constantly scan for and focus on the positive, we profit from three of the most important tools available to us: happiness, gratitude, and optimism.” – Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor Quotes on Happiness and Productivity

30.) “The mental construction of our daily activities, more than the activity itself, defines our reality.” – Shawn Achor

 

31.) “When we reconnect ourselves with the pleasure of the ‘means,’ as opposed to only focusing on the ‘ends,’ we adopt a mindset more conducive not only to enjoyment, but to better results.” – Shawn Achor

 

 

More Quotes by Shawn Achor about Productivity

32.) “The more you believe in your own ability to succeed, the more likely it is that you will.” – Shawn Achor

 

33.) “According to the Roman poet Ovid, the sculptor Pygmalion could look at a piece of marble and see the sculpture trapped inside of it.” – Shawn Achor

 

34.) “The Pygmalion Effect is when our belief in another person’s potential brings that potential to life.” – Shawn Achor

 

35.) “We want to push the limits of possibility as far as they can go, not limit them in the way too many discouraging bosses, parents, teachers, or media stories tell us they should be limited.” – Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor Quotes on Happiness and Productivity

36.) “You can study gravity forever without ever knowing how to fly.” – Shawn Achor

 

37.) “When researchers pick random volunteers and train them to be more grateful over a period of a few weeks, they become happier and more optimistic, they feel more socially connected, enjoy better quality sleep, and even experience fewer headaches than control groups.” – Shawn Achor

 

38.) “Simply believing we can fly won’t set us aloft. Yet if we don’t believe, we have no chance of ever making it off the ground.” – Shawn Achor

 

39.) “As science has shown, when we believe we can do more and achieve more (or when others believe it for us), that is often the precise reason we DO achieve more.” – Shawn Achor

 

40.) “Constantly scanning the world for the negative comes with a great cost. It undercuts our creativity, raises our stress levels, and lowers our motivation and ability to accomplish goals.” – Shawn Achor

 

41.) “It’s hard to find happiness after success if the goalposts of success keep changing.” – Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor Quotes on Happiness and Productivity

42.) “As you might have guessed, it turns out that there is no such thing—in a scientific sense, at least—as luck. The only difference (and it is a big one) is whether or not people think that they are lucky—in essence, whether they expect good or bad things to happen to them.” – Shawn Achor

 

43.) “Successful people see adversity as a stepping stone rather than a stumbling block.” – Shawn Achor

 

44.) “You have to train your brain to be positive just like you work out your body.” – Shawn Achor

 

45.) “The most successful decisions come when we are thinking clearly and creatively enough to recognize all the paths available to us, and accurately predict where that path will lead. The problem is that when we are stressed or in crisis, many people miss the most important path of all: the path up.” – Shawn Achor

 

46.) “The people who can most successfully get themselves up off the mat are those who define themselves not by what has happened to them, but by what they can make out of what has happened. These are the people who actually use adversity to find the path forward. They speak not just of ‘bouncing back,’ but of ‘bouncing forward’.” – Shawn Achor

 

47.) “The greatest competitive advantage in our modern economy is a positive and engaged brain.” – Shawn Achor

 

48.) “It’s not reality that shapes us. Rather, it is the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.” – Shawn Achor

 

49.) “Your brain at positive is 31 percent more productive than your brain at negative, neutral, or stressed.” – Shawn Achor

 

50.) “Mindfulness is a key cornerstone of creating a positive mind.” – Shawn Achor

 

 

Did you learn something new from these Shawn Achor quotes?

If you are looking to increase true happiness, find greater sense of meaning, raise your success levels, AND create positive change, Shawn’s wisdom and insights are for you. How many times do we settle for beliefs that are unfounded in truth?

Hopefully, these powerful Shawn Achor quotes has taught you a thing – or two – about true happiness and positivity today.

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