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Closing Session With Shawn Achor

AMTA 2017 National Convention Closing Session

Saturday, September 16, 2pm | 2 CE Credits

The Happiness Advantage: Inspiring Positive Change with Shawn Achor

Taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your massage clients. Shawn Achor—a leading expert on the connection between happiness and success—will share the science of how happiness inspires us to be more productive.

As one of the top TED speakers of all time and a former Harvard professor, he studies scientific breakthroughs in happiness and how to become a lightning rod for change. Shawn has partnered with Oprah Winfrey Network on “21 Days To Inspire Positive Change” and is a New York Times bestselling author. Wrap up your convention experience with a more clinical look at the importance of self-care.


Shawn Achor in Massage Therapy Journal

Shawn Achor sat down with AMTA's Massage Therapy Journal to talk about his personal self-care practices, the role massage therapy plays in his wellness regimen and why you should see him at the AMTA 2017 National Convention.

What are some ways you personally practice self-care?

When I first started sharing happiness research, I was so excited about helping others I forgot to help myself. I traveled to 33 countries in one year, and at the end my back literally broke on a flight from Zurich. I spent six weeks lying on a floor and missing out on a trip to Africa.

Then and there, I learned that I needed to practice what I preach. I also learned the value of meditation and massage. Meditation helped restore my mind and massage helped me restore my body. I go monthly for a massage and it is usually my best meditation period of the month, too.

What do you think draws people to come together at conferences like the AMTA 2017 National Convention?

The greatest predictor of happiness is social connection. You can have all the money in the world, all the fame, all the success, but if you don’t have social connection, you will not have happiness. I have met people who have nothing externally but still have joy because of their family and friends.

The AMTA 2017 National Convention allows us to strengthen the most important predictor of happiness—social connection—by not only recharging us, but also fueling us by knowing that there are other amazing people in the world working side-by-side to make this a better place for us all.

Continue reading Shawn Achor's interview »


Who is Shawn Achor?

Shawn Achor is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. He spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won more than a dozen distinguished teaching awards, and delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.

Shawn has since become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. Shawn has now worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, and with organizations such as the NFL, the Pentagon and the U.S. Treasury. To do his work, Shawn has traveled to 51 countries, speaking to farmers in Zimbabwe, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai and schoolchildren in South Africa.

Where You Might Have Seen Him

In 2014, Oprah Winfrey did a two hour interview with Shawn on the science of happiness and meaning. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with more than 15 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.

Related: Shawn Achor on Positive Intelligence in the Harvard Business Review

What You Will Learn from Shawn Achor

Shawn will explore the connection between success and happiness, and how that can benefit massage therapists and their approach to emotional self-care. Learn how positive psychology can help you take care of yourself and your massage practice.


Watch Shawn Achor's TED Talk: The Happy Secret to Better Work

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

See Shawn Live! Reserve Your Spot at the Largest Event in the Massage Profession

Earn 18+ massage therapy CE credits September 14-16 in Pasadena, California.

Register now for the AMTA 2017 National Convention »

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