Emma Seppala

  • Science Director Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford U.
  • Co-Director Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project
  • Author The Happiness Track

Through her talks, writing, television appearances and book, EMMA SEPPÄLÄ has now inspired 1000s of people to live happier and more compassionate lives. A graduate of Yale, Columbia and Stanford, Seppälä is an expert at translating the science of happiness and success to any audience. Passionate about sharing the science of what makes us thrive, Seppälä founded the popular news site Fulfillmentdaily.com. She has dedicated part of her research career to helping veterans overcome trauma and her research is featured in documentary film Free the Mind. Her research has also been featured in the New York Times, ABC News, Forbes, The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Inc., and Fast Company. She has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC News and FOX News and a number of other documentary films. She is a frequent contributor to Psychology Today and Harvard Business Review.Her book The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success is currently being translated into a dozen foreign languages. Seppälä is fluent in English, German and French.

 
  

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Emma Seppala
  • Google
  • Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference, London
  • Apple
  • National Science Foundation
  • Cisco
  • International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, Denver, CO
  • National Center for PTSD, Palo Alto, CA
  • Bain & Company
  • Hallmark
  • Facebook
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The Science (& Art!) of Happiness

We all want to be happy, yet the pursuit of happiness has never been more elusive as we drown under the responsibilities of work and our other responsibilities. Yet research shows that a happy life does not involve big changes. It involves small habits we can incorporate into our daily lives in a pr ...

We all want to be happy, yet the pursuit of happiness has never been more elusive as we drown under the responsibilities of work and our other responsibilities. Yet research shows that a happy life does not involve big changes. It involves small habits we can incorporate into our daily lives in a practical and life-changing. Using empirically-validated data, Seppälä inspires us to live a more fulfilling life, and shows us how in very concrete ways. 

Happiness at Work

Research shows that happy workplaces are more productive workplaces. Employees prefer to be happy at work than to receive more pay and benefits. What makes for a happy workplace? A workplace characterized by values, where people are connected to each other in positive ways. There are a number of sim ...

Research shows that happy workplaces are more productive workplaces. Employees prefer to be happy at work than to receive more pay and benefits. What makes for a happy workplace? A workplace characterized by values, where people are connected to each other in positive ways. There are a number of simple and science-backed ways that leaders and employees can make their professional experiences more meaningful and valuable. This talk is not just empirically validated and inspiring, it also provides the audience with some science-backed tools and techniques to apply in their work lives right away.

Positive Leadership

Leaders need to both exert influence and be “likable,” commanding loyalty – yet the two often seem at odds. New research, however, shows how we can have both – in fact, if you are a leader who is more positive, you also have employees who are more engaged, hard-working and dedicated to you. Characte ...

Leaders need to both exert influence and be “likable,” commanding loyalty – yet the two often seem at odds. New research, however, shows how we can have both – in fact, if you are a leader who is more positive, you also have employees who are more engaged, hard-working and dedicated to you. Characteristics like compassion, humility and kindness are actually a competitive edge. The question is – how do you exert these characteristics while also leading a team. This talk will share science-backed tools and techniques to help leaders and managers create teams that thrive and excel.

Resilient Mind

The workplace brings stress and we are only as successful as our ability to bounce back in the face of challenges and difficult times. In order to maximize your resilience, you can use science-backed techniques to weather tough times and come out on top. The audience will leave with tools they can s ...

The workplace brings stress and we are only as successful as our ability to bounce back in the face of challenges and difficult times. In order to maximize your resilience, you can use science-backed techniques to weather tough times and come out on top. The audience will leave with tools they can start implementing right away to navigate office politics, remain calm during tough negotiations, and grow from mistakes and difficulties.

The Happiness Track: How Greater Happiness Leads to Greater Success

Everyone wants to be happy and successful, yet it seems like an elusive goal to attain. 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, an ...

Everyone wants to be happy and successful, yet it seems like an elusive goal to attain. 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. 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. Emma demolishes these counter-productive theories, and shows that finding happiness and fulfillment is in fact, the most productive thing we can do to thrive professionally. Filled with practical advice on how to apply these findings to our daily lives, this talk is a life-changing guide to fast tracking your success and creating the anxiety-free life you want.

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Biography

EMMA SEPPÄLÄ, Ph.D is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and is the author of The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016).  She is also Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business ReviewPsychology TodayHuffington Post, and Scientific American Mind. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fulfillment Daily, a popular news site dedicated to the science of happiness.

Her work and research have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, VOGUE, ELLE, CBSNews, Oprah Magazine, Fast Company, U.S. World and News ReportForbes, Cosmopolitan, Inc, Huffington Post, ABC News, Business Insider, SELF, GLAMOUR. She has appeared several times on Good Morning America. She has also been featured in ABC News, Fox News, Huffington Post Live and TIME/MONEY and is featured in the documentary film The Altruism Revolution and What You Do Matters.

Her research on yoga-based breathing for military veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan was highlighted in Free the Mind, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Phie Ambo, as well as Amy Cuddy’s New York Times bestselling book Presence and Representative Tim Ryan’s book Mindful Nation.

She consults with Fortune 500 leaders and employees on building a positive organization. has spoken at TedX Sacramento, TEDx Hayward, and companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Bain & Co, Ernst & Young, and a United States Congressional Hearing.

She is the recipient of a number of research grants and service awards including the James W. Lyons Award from Stanford University for founding Stanford’s first academic class on the psychology of happiness and teaching many well-being programs for Stanford students.

She graduated from Yale (BA), Columbia (MA), and Stanford (PhD). Originally from Paris, France, she is a native speaker of French, English, and German.