In The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success, Emma Seppälä argues that happiness is the key to fast tracking our professional and personal success.

She uses the latest research in the fields of cognitive psychology and neuroscience. She studies the science of happiness. She is the Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

You were probably taught that getting ahead means doing everything that’s hits you and being focused and being disciplined. All that comes from drive and talents and all that happens along with lots of stress.

Maybe not.

Seppala posits that success means finding happiness and fulfillment. Finding happiness may actually be the most productive thing you can do to thrive professionally. Looking at happiness, but also at resilience, willpower, compassion, mindfulness, positive stress and creativity.


Six Common Myths of Success
By Emma Seppala, author of The Happiness Track

Theories of success permeate our culture. They are ingrained in us from the time we attend elementary school (“Don’t daydream!,” “Focus!,” “Work harder!”). But while these theories are widely popular, they are, in fact, incredibly flawed. Here are the six major false theories that drive our current notions of success:

1. Never Stop Accomplishing: To achieve more and stay competitive, you’ve got to quickly move from one to-do to another, always keeping an eye on what’s next.

2. You Can’t Have Success Without Stress: Stress is inevitable if you want success. Living in overdrive is the inescapable byproduct of a fast-paced life.

3. Persevere At All Costs: Spend every drop of mental energy you have to stay on task despite distractions and temptations.

4. Focus On Your Own Niche: By focusing narrowly on your field and becoming an expert in it, you’ll know how to best solve its problems.

5. Play To Your Strengths: Align your work with your talents. Do what you do best and stay away from your weaknesses.

6. Look Out For #1: Look out only for yourself and your interests so you can successfully outperform the competition.