Episode 7 - Samantha & Ryan Patel and Shawn Anchor

Happiness and Business, can the two work together?

In this episode I present two separate interviews from the World Government Summit day on happiness.

In the first conversation I talk to Ryan Patel about happiness across different countries and how different governments work to help the happiness of their citizens.

Ryan Patel, a global business executive, serves on several Advisory Boards and Boards of Directors across different sectors from social responsibility to technology. An expert in scaling businesses, he has worked for startups to publicly traded companies; his deep knowledge in global economies, innovation, strategy, start up culture and consumer trends has made him an expert and thought leader in scaling businesses worldwide. 

In the second conversation Samantha talks to Shawn Achor. Shawn Achor is an American happiness researcher, author, and speaker known for his advocacy of positive psychology. He authored The Happiness Advantage and founded GoodThink, Inc.  His research on mindset made the cover of Harvard Business Review and his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 13 million views. We talk about how businesses can lead the government on happiness projects and why thinking about happiness needs to start in schools.

In this episode you will learn:

Ryan Patel

How to scale for happiness 2.07

The pitfalls of getting carried away with the concept of happiness 3.33

Private and public sectors coming together for happiness 4.56

The attributes for happiness templates 7.25

The importance of focusing on ROI for start-ups to encourage investment in happiness 10.27

Technology impacting perceptions of happiness 15.44

One thing to increase happiness in start-ups 18.23


Shawn Achor

The barriers that companies face to happiness 22.31

The happiness programme at Google 25.20

The importance of 'positive education' in schools 26.30

Technology shaping emotional wellbeing 30.23

What makes Shawn happy 31.55

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Enjoyed listening to Ryan and Shawn? Fab! Find out more about them here:


- follow him on Twitter and Linked In: @RyanPatelGlobal / linkedin.com/in/patelryan


- visiting his site: http://goodthinkinc.com/speaking/shawn-achor/   / http://www.shawnachor.com

 - follow him on twitter: @shawnachor

 - buy the books: http://www.shawnachor.com/the-books/

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