THE HAPPINESS TRACK : How To Apply The Science of Happiness To Accelerate Your SuccessEmma Seppälä
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How The science Of Happiness Could Help You Be More Successful And Less Stressful Life
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★★ Happiness Is the Fast Track to Success, Not the Other Way Around ★★
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. The book shows how common myths about success – never stop accomplishing, sacrifice the today for tomorrow, stress is inevitable for success, you need to hustle and grind it out – lead to burnout, misery, and failure rather than true success and fulfillment.
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, this approach comes at a high cost in the long term: it hurts our well-being, our 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that the reason we are burning ourselves out and our inability to achieve sustainable fulfillment is tied to common but outdated notions about success.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.
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.
These false theories come at a great cost to our health and well-being.
She then details the Six Keys to Happiness:
1. Live and work in the moment
2. Tap into your resilience
3. Manage your energy
4. Do nothing (make time for idleness and fun)
5. Be good to yourself
6. Show compassion to others
The Happiness Track demolishes these counterproductive theories. Drawing on the latest scientific research on happiness, resilience, willpower, compassion, positive stress, creativity, and mindfulness, Seppälä demonstrates that being happy is the most productive thing we can do to thrive whether at work or at home. She shares practical strategies for applying these scientific findings to our daily lives.
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. A fulfilling, successful, and anxiety-free life is within your reach. The Happiness Track will show you the way. Happiness Is the Fast Track to Success.
About the Author :
EMMA SEPPÄLÄ, PH.D., is the science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. She also lectures on the Science of Happiness at Yale University and is the Co-Director of the Yale Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is the founder of the popular news site Fulfillment Daily, and a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today. She consults on workplace well-being and positive leadership and also teaches at Yale School of Management Executive Education.
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