The Happiness Track
How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success
A leading expert on health psychology, well-being, and resilience argues that happiness is the key to fast tracking our professional and personal success.
Everyone wants to be happy and successful. And yet the pursuit of both has never been more elusive. As work and personal demands rise, we try to keep up by juggling everything better, moving faster, and doing more. While we might succeed in the short term, it comes at a cost to our well-being, relationships, and, paradoxically, our productivity. In The Happiness Track, Emma Seppala, the science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University and director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project, explains that our inability to achieve sustainable fulfillment is tied to common but outdated notions about success. We are taught that getting ahead means doing everything that’s thrown at us (and then some) with razor-sharp focus and iron discipline; that success depends on our drive and talents; and that achievement cannot happen without stress.
The Happiness Track demolishes these counter-productive theories. Drawing on the latest findings from the fields of cognitive psychology and neuroscience—research on happiness, resilience, willpower, compassion, positive stress, creativity, mindfulness—Seppala shows that finding happiness and fulfillment may, in fact, be the most productive thing we can do to thrive professionally. Filled with practical advice on how to apply these scientific findings to our daily lives, The Happiness Track is a life-changing guide to fast tracking our success and creating the anxiety-free life we want.
Praise For The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success…
— Susan Cain, co-founder of Quiet Revolution and New York Times bestselling author of Quiet
“Your ideas about success are probably all wrong—and you need The Happiness Track, Dr. Emma Seppälä’s investigation into the counterintuitive factors that create career and life success. The best news of all? All these skills are well within your grasp.”
— Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
“Backed by extensive research in psychology and neuroscience, The Happiness Track offers a wealth of insight for changing how we approach our work, our personal lives, and our relationships. It’s a carefully researched, engaging look at how to improve ourselves without losing our authenticity or our sanity.”
— Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
“Emma Seppälä convinces us that reconfiguring our brain for happiness can change the way our lives unfold and the way we approach success. A worthwhile read for anyone who wants to achieve a successful and fulfilling life.”
— Amy Cuddy, professor at Harvard Business School, and author of Presence
“The Happiness Track provides us with a highly-readable, science-backed solution to obtaining sustainable success, the sort of success we are all really striving for, that leaves us fulfilled, happy, and healthy.”
— Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., Scientific Director, the Imagination Institute at the University of Pennsylvania
“Emma Seppälä shows us how we can cultivate a meaningful and successful career and live happy, fulfilled lives by taking care of ourselves first. The world has needed Emma Seppälä’s insight for a long time.”
— Chade-Meng Tan, Google’s “Jolly Good Fellow,” and author of the New York Times bestseller Search Inside Yourself
“Emma Seppälä is on the cutting-edge of crucial new insights and practices that can help us redefine success as she illuminates the ways compassion toward oneself and others is the bedrock of living a life of connection and deep meaning.”
— Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Mindsight, Brainstorm, and The Mindful Therapist, Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, and Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine
“A fast-paced, practical book with profound implications. Remarkably, happiness feels good because it is good for our health, relationships, and work. Drawing on research from neuroscience and psychology, and her own groundbreaking work at Stanford, she gives us six powerful ways to turn greater well-being into greater success.”
— Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Hardwiring Happiness
“This book is a breath of fresh air, helping to bust the myth that we need to do more, better, faster, and more efficiently to be happy.”
— Kristin Neff, Ph.D., author of Self-Compassion
“Emma Seppälä smashes cultural definitions of ‘success’ with a wealth of research-grounded insight about unlocking creativity and a meaningful life. Seppälä is a fast-rising star, and I predict that her work will positively impact countless people for years to come.”
— Peter Sims, author of Little Bets and co-founder & CEO of The Silicon Guild
“For many happiness remains elusive. Dr. Seppälä’s book uses the latest scientific research to show us a path to real happiness. It’s not what many of us think. Be ready to change your life for the better.”
— James R. Doty, M.D., founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, professor of neurosurgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and author of Into the Magic Shop
HarperOne, 9780062344007, 224pp.
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
About the Author
EMMA SEPPÄLÄ, PH.D., is the science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, the founder of the popular news site Fulfillment Daily, and a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today.