Pulse November 2018 - Page 68

CONVERSATIONS WITH SHAWN ACHOR CONTINUED P: It’s been said that authors spend their lives writing one book, telling one connected story. How does Big Potential fit in with The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness? S: I think that statement is true. The Happiness Advantage was about how individual choices toward happiness result in major positive changes in our educational, business and health outcomes. Big Potential is about realizing that those choices were best viewed not individually, but rather as inter- connected choices. We are better together. P: How can the spa industry benefit from the ideas in Big Potential? S: When we seek happiness alone, we suffer. We need to connect more deeply with one another as we strive against “When we seek happiness alone, we suffer. We need to connect more deeply with one another as we strive against the apathy, sickness and depression of the modern world.” the apathy, sickness and depression of the modern world (depression rates have literally doubled). But when we can connect in the right way, we can actually all shine brighter together. Moreover, Big Potential simply validates the impor- tance of seeking a community as we pursue well-being. Trying to do it alone makes those mountains more steep. P: What’s something that a Pulse reader could do today to start improving their life and reaching their potential? S: Practice gratitude daily with someone—a family member, friend or co-worker. Everyone thinks that they are grateful, but it’s all about practice. So, find a friend with whom to share one new positive thing that’s occurred over the past 24 hours, and your optimism level 21 days later will be signifi- cantly higher. We can even observe how this creates changes in the neural pathways in the brain. n QUICK QUESTIONS WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES? Spending time with my 4 year old son. whatever he wants to do is my hobby. FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? South Africa. HOW WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR IDEAL DAY OFF? with my family, hiking somewhere. WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL? C.S. Lewis IF YOU WEREN’T A RESEARCHER, AUTHOR AND SPEAKER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? A movie director. FAVORITE BOOK? The Great Divorce by CS Lewis. FAVORITE SONG? “Days Like This” by van Morrison, or “Born at the Right Time” by Paul Simon. SHAWN was the kickoff keynote speaker at the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. For a recap of his inspiring keynote address, flip to page 30 of this issue of Pulse. 66 PULSE ■ November 2018