Sha-En Yeo is Singapore’s first Happiness Scientist. First trained as a teacher, she undertook a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 to understand how to create positive environments for communities to flourish. During that time, her life-changing takeaway was the simple revelation that happiness is, in fact, learnable.
For almost a decade since, Sha-En has taught more than 10,000 people in Singapore, Philippines, and Australia about the science of happiness. Using practical, research-based strategies, she has helped students, teachers, organizations, and everyday people transform their perspective to uplift their wellbeing and become happier and more confident.
Sha-En’s empathetic approach has been shaped by her experience of being a victim of bullying when she was in school. Thanks to the counsel of a dedicated teacher, Sha-En was able to journey from feeling miserable and lonely to being happy and resilient. Now, as a working parent of two daughters, Sha-En also understands the struggle to be present for both her family and career. Like the teacher who inspired her many years ago, she aims to help fellow working parents understand how they can actively become happier and more fulfilled in their lives.
“I deeply believe that we are all agents in our own life. We can take charge of our happiness to live our best possible life – one step at a time, one action at a time.”