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Harvard happiness expert links positive attitude with work success

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  • Kathleen Koster
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  • September 26 2011, 10:55am EDT

Predicting an employee’s future success at a company has traditionally stumped experts, and relying on metrics such as IQ level, only tells 25% of the story. What makes up the other 75%, according to Shawn Achor, Harvard researcher and positive psychology expert, is the optimism that your behavior matters, a positive social support system, and whether you view a challenge as a stress or an impetus to improve.

Achor inspired the audience at the Employee Benefit News Benefits Forum and Expo in Dallas on Sunday night with his research findings and solutions to ensuring long-term happiness, which ensures that people thrive in their work and family environments. 

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