Every year on March 20th the United Nations invites the whole world to celebrate International Day of Happiness to recognize and reflect on the importance of happiness, which emerges from being kinder to others and ourselves, staying active and exploring, connecting with people and the meaningful parts of life. But what is happiness anyway? If you research this concept, you find that there is no universal consensus as to how to define happiness, how to measure it, and what factors go into creating happiness. So how do we obtain happiness? How will we know when we have found it? Is it a state or a choice? Does happiness impact other aspects of life like health productivity? Do these questions even matter?
These are the question that WWSG happiness thought leaders work to answer. Whether they are giving one of the most inspirational and viewed TED Talks of all time, writing international bestsellers, or consulting Fortune 100 companies, these keynote speakers aim to spread positivity. If you are looking for an uplifting keynote that will help you choose happiness everyday look no further than these inspiring experts.
Neil Pasricha - After graduating from Harvard Business School, Pasricha spent a decade as Director of Leadership at Walmart, the world’s largest company. While there he wrote the 50-million-hit, award-winning blog 1000 Awesome Things and the New York Times bestsellers The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation, which have been on international bestseller lists for over 200 weeks and sold over a million copies. Neil’s research and books on happiness, mindset, and human potential have received attention from Harvard Business Review, The New Yorker, The Sunday Times, CNN, and BBC.
Amy Blankson – Bestselling Author of The Future of Happiness, Blankson is the only person to receive a Point of Light from two sitting US Presidents. After graduating from Harvard College and Yale School of Management, she has focused her work on understanding how to cultivate happiness in a digital era. She is a co-founder of the Digital Wellness Collective, a member of the UN Global Happiness Council, and is currently working with the IEEE to create standards for well-being in the creation of artificial intelligence and emotion awareness. Most recently, Amy has shared her thought leadership as a speaker at TEDx, as a regular contributor for Forbes on Women, Technology, and Leadership, and as a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course.
Shawn Achor – After spending twelve years at Harvard University, Achor has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His research on mindset made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 13 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Achor’s talks have taken him to over 50 countries and a wide range of audiences from the White House to the NFL, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai, school children in South Africa, farmers in Zimbabwe, as well as numerous Fortune 100 companies, the NBA, and the Pentagon.
Michelle Gielan – The bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change, Gielan was named one of the Top 10 authors on resilience by the Harvard Business Review. She is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” on PBS and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course. She formerly served as anchor of The CBS Morning News, and her research has received attention from dozens of media outlets including The Washington Post, FORBES, and The New York Times.