The Suffolk News-Herald: Happiness has ‘ripple effect’: “Blankson and Achor both know a lot about happiness. Blankson has been a consultant for more than 15 years, teaching businesses, foundations, and nonprofit organizations about how to create positive and productive leaders. Achor, author of bestseller The Happiness Advantage, spent more than a decade researching happiness and teaching positive psychology at Harvard University.”
PBS Parents: Raising a Positive Child in a Negative World: “Teaching young children to use the power of positive thinking shows them that they have more control over their environment than they realize. It is this vision that prompted Shawn and I to co-author a book for children entitled Ripple’s Effect. Based on the principles of positive psychology, we crafted the story of a dolphin named Ripple who stands up to a bully shark named Snark.”
Ripple’s Effect is a sweet and inventive take on thwarting a bully. Ripple’s good nature and quick wits make this a fun and helpful read for anyone who’s had to deal with a “Snark”.
—Nancy Coffelt, author/illustrator of Aunt Ant Leaves Through the Leaves
Ripple’s Effect teaches kids that it’s never too soon to learn about the power of a smile, and that facing fear with friendliness could turn a bully into a buddy. —Cristina Kessler, author of The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela
From the Author
To parents interested in raising positive outliers: Over the past decade, we have made incredible breakthroughs in our understanding of happiness and its connection with life-long success. My research helped prove that happiness leads to success, not the other way around. Most people think I will be happy when . . . I get a good grade, win the soccer game, get a scholarship, lose ten pounds, or get a job. That happiness is short-lived because success is a moving target. We found numerous ways in which kids and parents alike can increase their happiness, and thus, their success. Scientifically, happiness is a choice and a learned skill--and happiness spreads. With the discovery of the mirror neurons in the brain, we now
know that we are all connected. When you smile, my mirror neurons light up, telling me I am the one smiling. We also pick up on negativity like second-hand smoke. However, we can make a ripple effect of positivity if we begin to choose happiness ourselves. If positive individuals gain back control from bullies and from negative people, they can refashion a world that is based on the advantages that happiness brings. But science is useless unless it is lived and shared. We hope you will keep the Ripple's Effect going.
Shawn Achor and Amy Blankson