THE HAPPINESS TRACK

How to apply the science of happiness to accelerate your success

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.

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BY EMMA SEPPÄLÄ

The Happiness Track

How to apply the science of happiness to accelerate your success

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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 Seppälä, the science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, explains that our inability to achieve sustainable fulfillment is tied to common but outdated notions about success.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—Seppälä 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

The Happiness Track

Daniel H. Pink,

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF DRIVE AND A WHOLE NEW MIND

“Are you a hard-driving, multi-tasking, conscientiously striving professional? Then 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.”

Adam Grant

WHARTON PROFESSOR AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GIVE AND TAKE

“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.”

Susan Cain

CO-FOUNDER OF QUIET REVOLUTION AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF QUIET

“Through her research-backed strategies, Emma Seppälä not only teaches us how to thrive in our chosen profession, but how to stay true to ourselves—and enjoy every moment of the process.”

Amy Cuddy

PROFESSOR AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL, AUTHOR OF PRESENCE, 2ND MOST VIEWED TED TALK

“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.”

Chade-Meng Tan

GOOGLE’S “JOLLY GOOD FELLOW,” AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF SEARCH INSIDE YOURSELF

“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.”

James R. Doty, M.D.

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR COMPASSION AND ALTRUISM RESEARCH AND EDUCATION; PROFESSOR OF NEUROSURGERY, STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE; AUTHOR OF INTO THE MAGIC SHOP

“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.”

Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.

SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR, THE IMAGINATION INSTITUTE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA AND AUTHOR OF UNGIFTED AND WIRED TO CREATE

“ For decades we’ve been tied to theories of success that have burned us out and driven us into the ground – because we don’t know of any alternatives. 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.”

Peter Sims

AUTHOR OF LITTLE BETS AND CO-FOUNDER & CEO, THE SILICON GUILD

“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.”

Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

AUTHOR OF SELF-COMPASSION

“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. Seppälä shows us that by letting go of our relentless striving to achieve, we can realize the calm, joy and compassion that are already here in the present moment.”

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MINDSIGHT, BRAINSTORM, AND THE MINDFUL THERAPIST; EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MINDSIGHT INSTITUTE; CLINICAL PROFESSOR, UCLA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

“THE HAPPINESS TRACK offers us a magnificent overview of what the latest scientific research affirms are the most important ways we create both health and happiness in our lives. 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. What a gift to be able to take in her words of wisdom and cultivate deeper ways we can all thrive!”

Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

AUTHOR OF HARDWIRING HAPPINESS

“Dr. Seppälä turns cutting edge science into a fast-paced, practical book with profound implications. Remarkably, happiness feels good because it is good for our health, relationships, and work. Drawing on neuroscience, lessons from Fortune 500 companies, and her own ground-breaking work at Stanford, she gives us six powerful ways to turn greater well-being into greater success.”