What if you could be happier, right now, without radically changing your life? As nationally recognized happiness expert Nataly Kogan teaches, happiness is not a nice feeling or a frivolous extra. It’s a critical, non-negotiable ingredient for living a fulfilling, meaningful, and healthy lifeand it’s a skill that we can all learn and improve through practice. In Happier Now, Nataly shares an illuminating, inspiring, and science-based guide to help you build your happier skills and live with more joy, starting now.
Nataly’s own journey from Russian refugee to successful investor, tech executive, and founder and CEO of Happier taught her an important lesson: no matter how much you accomplish, how much you live the "right" way, or even how much gratitude you practice, life won’t always be smooth. "We experience genuine and lasting happiness when we stop trying to turn the negative into the positive," Nataly writes, "and when we embrace the full range of our human emotions with compassion and strength."
Throughout this engaging guide, Nataly describes how she went from being cynical and resistant to the ideas behind self-improvement and spirituality, to studying everything she could on the science of happiness, to completely shifting her mind-set. You’ll learn five core practices for building your happier skillsacceptance, gratitude, intentional kindness, knowing your bigger why, and self-carealong with the scientific research that supports each one.
Daily AnchorsCultivate a custom set of simple daily practices, fine-tuned for your emotional health needs
• Bring more joy and meaning into your life as it iswithout needing to make difficult or time-consuming changes
• How happiness leads to many of the things you want in life, rather than results from them
• Learn an effective five-minute happier workout for whenever you need a boost
• Strengthen your "emotional immune system" so you can be okay when times are toughand bounce back to happy sooner
• Specific instructions for tools and techniques that workbased on what’s actually happening in your brain
• Effective exercises, journaling prompts, and key insights for developing each core happier skill
As Nataly says: "It’s time to stop saying ‘I’ll be happy when . . .’ and start saying ‘I’m happier now because . . .’"
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About the Author
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
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