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The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success

The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success

by Emma Seppala

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Overview

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Emotional Intelligence Project, explains that our inability to achieve sustainable fulfillment is tied to common but outdated notions about success.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.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062344007
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Stop Chasing the Future: Why Happiness and Success Are Found in the Present 15

2 Step Out of Overdrive: Tap into Your Natural Resilience 39

3 Manage Your Energy: The Hidden Benefits of Calm 67

4 Get More Done By Doing More of Nothing: The Secret to Accessing Creativity 95

5 Enjoy a Successful Relationship… With Yourself: How You Relate to Yourself Affects Your Potential 121

6 Understand the Kindness Edge: Why Compassion Serves You Better Than Self-interest 141

Acknowledgments 165

Notes 167

Index 203

About the Author 213

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