Michelle Gielan, CoFounder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research, is an expert on the science of positive communication and how to use it to fuel success. She works with Fortune 500 companies and schools to raise employee engagement, productivity and happiness at work. Michelle is a member of Zappos’ Downtown Project Think Tank on Education. She holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michelle is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS. She formerly served as the anchor of two national newscasts at CBS News, as well as a correspondent for “The Early Show.” In 2009, Michelle produced “Happy Week”, a series focusing on fostering happiness in the midst of the recession. In 2011, she appeared in her own weekly health and wellness segment, “Manic Monday” on FOX News Chicago.
Michelle graduated cum laude in Computer Engineering. Her research and advice have received attention from Forbes, USA Today, CNN, FOX and NPR.
In 2011, while living in Chicago, Michelle appeared in her own weekly health and wellness segment, “Manic Monday” on FOX News Chicago. The following video is a montage of clips from those interviews.
About The Program: Most people believe that success creates happiness, but positive psychology expert Shawn Achor says we’ve got it backwards. Based on recent discoveries in the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience, he demonstrates how happiness actually fuels success. By becoming more positive, our brain becomes more engaged, creative, energetic, resilient and productive. The result is an advantage over our entire lifetime — improving success at work, creating better health, better relationships with our loved ones, and creating a happier home.
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