The Happiness Track

How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success
224 pages

Emma Seppälä is the science director of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She also has a popular blog called Fulfillment Daily. In this great little book, she walks us through the latest scientific research on everything from resilience, willpower and compassion to positive stress, creativity, and mindfulness. Big Ideas we explore include how to find fulfillment (hint: it’s in this moment—right now!), how to skillfully surf stress waves, the most powerful lever to optimize your mind (hint: your breath), how to succeed in failure Jack Ma style, and the science of compassion.


“Happiness—defined as a state of heightened positive emotion—has a profound positive effect on our professional and personal lives. It increases our emotional and social intelligence, boosts our productivity, heightens our influence over peers and colleagues. These are the very ingredients that allow us to be successful without having to sacrifice our health and psychological well-being …

Knowing that happiness leads to success is not enough, however. That’s why I wrote this book: to show you exactly how your happiness can maximize resilience, creativity, productivity, charisma, and many other critical skills for success. You will learn skills like how to be productive without chronic stress, how to achieve more without burning out—in other words, how to maximize your professional potential and personal fulfillment.”

~ Emma Seppälä from The Happiness Track

Emma Seppälä is the science director of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She also has a popular blog called Fulfillment Daily.

In this great little book, she walks us through the latest scientific research on everything from resilience, willpower and compassion to positive stress, creativity, and mindfulness. (Get a copy here.)

It’s a perfect complement to our last Note on Barking Up the Wrong Tree—another book all about bringing the science of well-being to life while challenging some common happiness myths. (Check out our Wisdom Pack on Positive Psychology for our growing collection of Notes and Masterclass on Positive Psychology 101.)

As always, the book is packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

Unlock the full Optimize Experience

Get instant access to a ton of wisdom. Optimize every facet of your life. Actualize your potential.

Start free trial

About the author