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We often overestimate the impact our life circumstances have on our happiness and success. New research shows 90% of our long-term success is predicted not by our external circumstance but how we process the world around us.

So what is the scientific key to our success? Optimism: the belief that challenges are temporary, and if we take action, we can improve our circumstances. Optimists are historically more successful – not to mention they experience more joy achieving their goals!

Michelle has conducted research with people in the wake of everything from small setbacks to life-changing events, and she has identified hallmarks of an optimistic mindset that lead to benefits including more energy, better health, greater wealth, and significantly less stress. During this interactive session, Michelle shares the strategies for raising our personal optimism quotient, responding to challenges more effectively, and channeling this new mindset into tangible success.

My Background

Michelle Gielan has spent the past decade researching the link between happiness and success. She is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change and was named one of the Top 10 authors on resilience by the Harvard Business Review.

Michelle 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 PostFORBES, and The New York Times.


“Michelle’s message made a lasting impression, and we are already seeing the results. Our Americas HR organization is definitely Broadcasting Happiness – we are inspired!.”

- Marriott

“Our group includes data geeks, research nerds, and senior business executives-a diverse group that expects that theory is backed by proof. Some were concerned that her message could have been considered subjective-it not only resonated, but also transformed our audience to adopt the challenge of radiating happiness. Including Michelle Gielan in an event is to ensure happier, more productive more successful outcomes for your group.”

- The Incentive Research Foundation

“Michelle was more incredible and down to earth than I could have even expected! … We took the 21 Day Challenge in an email campaign and our open rate was twice the industry average AND our click through rate to her tools was nearly THREE times the industry average! … Many folks are using a Power Lead who did not attend our event. That piece has gone viral and become a part of our fabric! Michelle Gielan truly made an impact on our organization!”

– VCU Health System


“Michelle is a delight and everyone was overly impressed with her message and her positive spirit. Many times at conventions we find ourselves so involved in industry material that we fail to look at other opportunities to have speakers that help us in life, and being positive. The world is a crazy place at times and … Michelle teaches us the power of being happy and how it impacts every aspect of our lives.”

– Director of Business Development, United Real Estate



Dallas, Texas


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As a positive psychology researcher and bestselling author, I am committed to helping you leverage the science of happiness to create more happiness and success in your life. Through my research, I am dedicated to empowering people like YOU to create the positive change you wish to see in this world.

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