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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emma Seppälä Narrator: Nan McNamara Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9780062373717
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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 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Education at Stanford University, explains that our inability to achieve sustainable fulfillment is tied to common but outdated notions about success.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 counterproductive 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “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.”

    Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Are you a hard-driving, multitasking, 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.”

    Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Seppälä wants listeners to know that happiness is the key to being a successful person. Narrator Nan McNamara does an enthusiastic job of getting this point across. Her tone is feminine and urging, adding intensity with each key point…The pleasing reassurance in McNamara’s tone eases the anxiety one might have when feeling overwhelmed with tasks. McNamara’s nurturing voice supports the author’s scientific findings that happiness not only is about enjoyment but also is a great necessity for success.”


  • “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, author of Presence

  • “Emma Seppälä shows us how we can cultivate a meaningful and successful career and live happy, fulfilled lives by taking care of ourselves first.”

    Chade-Meng Tan, author of Search inside Yourself

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About the Author

Emma Seppälä, PhD, is 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 Psychology Today, Harvard Business Review, and the Washington Post. A sought-after speaker, Seppälä has addressed academic, corporate, and governmental institutions, including Google, the National Science Foundation, and the World Bank. Seppälä holds degrees from Yale, Columbia, and Stanford. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

About the Narrator

Nan McNamara has performed on stage, television, film, and behind the microphone in voice-overs for over twenty years. Her passion is to tell good stories—no matter what the medium. Originally from St. Paul, Nan received a BA cum laude in theater.