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Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones)

Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones)

by Nataly Kogan


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“Nataly's passion is contagious and persuades us that happiness might be possible even when life is hard.” —Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of Big Potential and The Happiness Advantage
Happier Now will feed your soul and nourish your mind. Expect inspiration, practical advice, and greater confidence that true, lasting happiness is within reach.” —Elena Brower, author of Practice You

Do you find yourself stuck in the “I’ll be happy when . . .” trap, believing that achievements or big life changes are what will bring you lasting happiness?

In Happier Now, nationally recognized emotional health expert Nataly Kogan shares her lifelong struggle of searching for the elusive “big happy” to how she finally made the essential mindset shifts that allowed her to live with more self-compassion, joy, and meaning.

Nataly redefines happiness as a skill that anyone can cultivate. She shares a wealth of simple, science-backed practices—used successfully by more than a million people—so you can experience more joy in ordinary moments and greater resilience when times get tough.

Nataly’s approach is grounded and practical. You won’t be asked to make difficult, time-consuming changes or gloss over life’s very real challenges. Rather, you’ll learn five core skills—and the science behind them—so you can feel more joy and less stress in your daily life.

Highlights include:

- 3 mindset shifts to make happiness and emotional health a reality
- Why happiness doesn’t mean being positive all the time
- Research and tips to help you practice self-compassion
- Daily Anchors—a custom set of practices to help you cultivate joy daily
- The 5-Minute Happier Workout—for whenever you need a boost
- Strengthen your “emotional immune system”—develop resilience for when times are tough

Filled with accessible, science-based exercises and inspiring stories, Happier Now will help you bring more happiness and meaning into your life, beginning today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683644668
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 284,510
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nataly Kogan is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author on a mission to help millions of people cultivate their happier skills by making simple, scientifically backed practices part of their daily life. Nataly immigrated to the US as a refugee from the former Soviet Union when she was 13 years old. Starting her life in the projects and on welfare, she went on to reach the highest levels of corporate success at companies like McKinsey & Company and Microsoft. When she still found herself unfulfilled, Nataly set out to discover what really leads to a fulfilling, happier life. Her explorations led her to create Happier, a company whose award-winning mobile application, online courses, and “Happier at Work” training programs have helped more than a million people improve their emotional health.

Nataly is a sought-after keynote speaker and has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TEDxBoston, SXSW, The Harvard Women’s Leadership Conference, and The Dr. Oz Show. She is a self-taught abstract artist and a devoted yogi. Nataly lives with her husband Avi and daughter Mia outside of Boston, although Nataly will always be a New Yorker at heart. For more, visit happier.com.

Table of Contents

Practices ix

Gratitudes xi

Introduction xv

Part 1 The Journey to Happier

Chapter 1 I'll Be Happy When 3

Chapter 2 Gratitude to the Rescue 17

Chapter 3 The Breaking Point 31

Chapter 4 It's Okay to Be Not Okay 45

Part 2 Cultivating Your Happier Skills

Chapter 5 Developing Your Happier Practice 63

Chapter 6 Acceptance 81

Chapter 7 Gratitude 107

Chapter 8 Intentional Kindness 129

Chapter 9 The Bigger Why 157

Chapter 10 Self-Care 179

Chapter 11 Becoming a Force of Good in the World 207

Epilogue A Letter to My Daughter 217

Select Bibliography 225

About the Author 227

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