Happier Now: How to stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Every Day Moments (Even the Difficult Ones)
Why is the pursuit of happiness so stressful and unfulfilling? Nataly’s own journey from Russian refugee to successful executive and founder and CEO of Happier taught her an important lesson: You can’t wait for everything to be perfect to feel good – you have to learn how to find joy in small everyday moments and to boost your emotional immune system so you can get through tough times with compassion and resilience. In this illuminating and compelling talk, Nataly shares the game-changing strategies and insights from her soon-to-be-released book and research. She explores how the science behind happiness can be used to improve all aspects of our lives, showing audiences why we should stop saying "I'll be happy when..." and start saying "I'm happy now because..." In a speech that is as informative as it is inspiring, Nataly teaches her audiences that becoming happier is a skill and just like other skills, we can improve it through practice. She shares the Five Core Practices and the science behind them to help audience members build their happier skills and come away with a personal set of daily anchors—small steps they can take every day to experience more joy and greater resilience.
Women at Work: Fire Up the Awesome and Unlock Your True Potential
In this powerful and honest talk, Nataly encourages women to cultivate their true purpose, learn how to deal with fear, and connect to their best self to move from a position of strength to achieve significant growth and fulfillment in their careers, regardless of the obstacles. In the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp, Nataly sheds light on what it takes to build equitable, inclusive work environments where every voice is heard and every person empowered to succeed. Having spent her career in male-dominated industries of venture capital, finance, and technology, Nataly acknowledges the significant challenges women face and the frustrations of trying to meet extremely high personal expectations. In offering frank stories and paradigm shifts in thinking, she reveals practical strategies to help women cultivate a personal sense of well-being and insights into transforming workplace culture. Nataly shows that by connecting to their best self, leaning into fear, and dealing with bias, women can unlock more of their potential to thrive in today’s workplace.
Happier Work: Unlocking the Strategies for a Workplace that Thrives
80% of American employees report being stressed at work and more than 50% say they are close to burnout. Beyond the human costs, this results in more than $400 billion of losses in productivity, missed work, and healthcare costs. But there is room for optimism: Research has shown that empowering employees with simple scientifically-based skills to improve their emotional health and resilience and cultivating a culture of gratitude, kindness, and trust, has a dramatic impact not just on employee well-being but organizations as a whole.
In this captivating and practical talk, Nataly shares techniques to help employees improve their emotional health, increase resilience, and fuel positive energy and the sense of meaning they find through their work. Highlighting the data-driven research that reveals how employee well-being contributes to an organization’s bottom-line, Nataly illuminates how happier employees make for more innovative, productive and profitable workplaces, and how organizations can put into place practices that allow employees and teams to thrive.
Moving Through Fear: How to Connect to Your Bigger Why So You Can Boost Creativity
Nataly is no stranger to fear and the paralyzing effect it can have. From handling the challenge of being a woman in male-dominated fields, to holding jobs that she was too young and inexperienced for, to starting companies, raising money, failing and succeeding, Nataly has become a black belt in battling fear. In this refreshingly candid and insightful talk, she shares her own inspiring stories of moving through fear as well as specific and science-based strategies for how her audience members can do the same. Nataly reveals that while there is no magic pill for not feeling fear, there are ways to move from fear to love, and to find a “bigger why” as a bridge of resilience to get through fear. Nataly empowers her audience to stop trying to be fearless, but rather learn how to remove fear as an obstacle and to find a sense of meaning and purpose, unleashing their creativity in the process. Delivering both actionable advice and eye-opening motivation, Nataly leaves audiences emboldened and prepared to tackle any challenge.
Nataly Kogan in the news
A sampling of NATALY KOGAN's recent media appearances:
Nataly Kogan's Happier Now named #1 on Fast Company's Beach Reads
Nataly Kogan's highly-anticipated new book Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones) was named #1 to Fast Company's list of "5 summer beach reads that can make you happier at work". A game-changing book that helps people re-frame their thinking, Happier Now reveals the power in embracing the rich fabric of many human emotions, including the difficult ones, and learning how to use scientifically proven practices to live fully in good times and bad. Full of tangible, actionable tools and strategies, Kogan’s book teaches volumes about compassion, resilience, and yes, happiness. The CEO and Founder of Happier--a global technology and learning platform enabling users to discover new methods of pursuing emotional wellbeing-- NATALY KOGAN has dedicated her career to helping individuals and organizations better understand and achieve happiness. Happier Now shares Kogan's extensive experience and research, and has been making headlines in The Washington Post, Forbes, Popsugar, and more as Kogan breaks down the tips and strategies illuminated in her book with refreshing honesty. Kogan brings the same tangible advice to each of her keynotes, earning overwhelming praise such as: "Nataly’s background and experience on what really drives a happier existence at work & home was very well received. She brings a lot of credibility to the topic as she is very honest about her own experiences. It was refreshing to hear..." (Gillette); "As the keynote speaker at our biggest event of the year, Nataly immediately captivated our audience... Her witty sense of humor, genuine passion for her work, and real world stories gave us inspiration (and many head nods and laughs!). Her positive energy is infectious, and our audience left feeling ready to take their careers to the next level thanks to her unique advice and words of wisdom." (Young Women in Digital).
Nataly Kogan’s new book is a roadmap on understanding and cultivating happiness
CEO and Founder of Happier NATALY KOGAN has dedicated her career to helping individuals and organizations better understand and achieve happiness. Her new book Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones) brings her lifetime of lessons to a wider audience, illuminating how we can stop searching for the elusive “big happy” in the future and start cultivating our happier skills now, today, in this moment. Not a book about positive thinking or always looking for the silver lining, Happier Now reveals the power in embracing the rich fabric of many human emotions, including the difficult ones, and learning how to use scientifically proven practices to live fully in good times and bad. Full of tangible, actionable tools and strategies, Kogan’s book teaches volumes about compassion, resilience, and yes, happiness. Just look at some of the praise Happier Now is already receiving: “By synthesizing a treasure trove of psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics research, Nataly has created an immensely practical approach of what we can do every day to create more joy, feel more gratitude, and be happier. This is a book we can all learn from…” (Bob Kocher, former Special Assistant for Healthcare and Economic Policy for President Obama); “This book can be a guide to a life of genuine happiness,” (Daniel H.Pink, Bestselling Author of Drive); “With a skillful blend of scientific research and inspiring stories, Nataly teaches us that the keys to happiness are right in our hands.” (Bert Jacobs, co-founder of Life is Good).
Nataly Kogan shares the Five Core Practices that help us build and maintain our happier skills
NATALY KOGAN’s new book, Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones), introduces her Five Core Practices that help us build and maintain our happier skills. Backed by research in psychology and sociology, and inspired by Nataly’s personal experiences, these Five Core Practices are proven, actionable steps that Nataly has taught to thousands of people, including at her Happier at Work(tm) workshops, and witnessed them benefit by becoming more present, energized and resilient when dealing with stress or change. Elegantly simple and accessible, the Five Core Practices are: acceptance, gratitude, intentional kindness, the bigger why, and self-care. In her compelling, transformative talks, Kogan breaks down the Five Core Practices, revealing how and why they work. Providing tangible actions and small, doable steps audiences can incorporate into their everyday lives, Nataly’s Five Core Practices serve as an impressive powerhouse that help audience members get through tough challenges – at work and at home -- and allow them to truly savor the many good moments that are already in our lives.
Nataly Kogan shares how to be happier and more productive in work and life
NATALY KOGAN visited the Harry Walker Agency to share her compelling research and proven insight into how to become happier and more productive in any work environment. Her three key steps-- of actively practicing gratitude, kindness, and mindfulness-- can transform not just office's dynamics and business' success, but also personal perspectives. Kogan cited studies that found that 80% of Americans are disengaged from their jobs, and demonstrated how building connectivity and practicing mindfulness, kindness, and gratitude produces more engaged, happy, and productive employees. Further, when Google conducted a study to figure out what distinguished their most successful teams from the rest of the pack, they found that psychological safety was the #1 factor that made teams perform better. Achieving this kind of psychological safety and an engaged workforce is at the core of what Kogan does. As the founder of Happier, an organization that uses scientific research and statistical evidence to allow people and organizations to build happier foundations, Nataly has impacted nearly one million people, transforming personal and professional lives the nation over.Learn more about Kogan's work >>
Nataly Kogan Event Recap: Media Math brings the concept of Happier to work
Nataly Kogan spoke to Media Math, a global technology and service provider for marketers. They have more than 750 employees across 16 offices around the world, and their technology analyzes over 200 billion customer opportunities our technology analyzes every day – more volume than the top 10 stock exchanges in the world, combined. Nataly brought her message of how being happier at work helps employees, shareholders and customers. Here are a few post-event reviews:
"Some great things in her presentation that every single person in the room should think about, and reflect upon, in their daily interactions here."
"Great philosophy and application to real-life use"
"Fantastic addition to the onsite - would love to have more outside speakers like this as a change of pace. I think this was a huge highlight for everyone, which is good to know."
"Best presentation of the whole summit!"
"Really loved this. Bettering ourselves means better output means bigger wins"
"Loved it. This is what we needed. I wish it had been longer."
"This was an amazing addition, definitely a highlight of the whole 2 days! And very much needed content for this crew."
"Please have more presentations like this one!"Read more about Nataly Kogan's message of happiness at work >>
Nataly Kogan and her company Happier in the business press
The business press is picking up on Nataly's concept of happiness and productivity. From in-depth profiles to practical tips for their business readers, these articles showcase the business application's of Nataly's speeches.Read what the business press have to say about Nataly >>
Happiness Expert Nataly Kogan has developed an app which actually leads to happiness
Happier creates bite-sized, daily lessons that help members learn the tips, tricks, and habits that are scientifically proven to make us happier. The coaching is inspired by scientific research that shows how gratitude, mindfulness, and staying connected to people you care about create the foundation for a happier and healthier life.Read more about Nataly Kogan's Happier >>
Nataly Kogan is a former VC and the founder of Happier, a global technology and learning platform helping individuals and organizations to realize full potential by adopting scientifically-proven practices that improve their well-being.
From her teenage years as a Russian refugee learning English in the projects outside of Detroit, to becoming a leading venture capitalist in a predominantly male industry while still in her twenties, Nataly has continually achieved at the highest of levels.
She has held top positions at Manhattan-based firms McKinsey and Co. and Hudson Ventures, served as the only female board member at Constant Contact, worked at Microsoft's state-of-the-art Future of Social Experiences Lab (FUSE), and served as Vice President of Consumer Experience at WHERE, which she helped sell to PayPal in 2011.
Despite a lifetime of accomplishments, Nataly found herself vastly unfulfilled. Initially a skeptic of the research related to the positive effects of gratitude, kindness and mindfulness on our daily lives, Nataly decided to incorporate happiness into her own life—solely in order to prove the research wrong.
But the more she applied these techniques, the more she immersed herself in and embraced the science and research—experiencing firsthand how effective happiness can be as a tool for realizing full potential in all aspects of work and life.
Rather than chasing "The Big Happy" of career, money and achievements, Nataly soon decided to dedicate her life to discovering and sharing the tools and best practices required to reframe the concept of "I'll be happy when..." to the more powerful "I'm happier now because..."
With this mission in mind, Nataly launched Happier to an overwhelming global response and has since built a community that has shared over six million happy moments (and counting) on the Happier mobile application and website.
Since launching Happier, Nataly has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New York Magazine and Time Magazine, and has appeared as an expert on Dr. Oz, Bloomberg TV, and "One World" with Deepak Chopra.
She is a sought-out keynote speaker, having appeared at events that include at Million Dollar Roundtable, Fortune's Tech Brainstorm, Blogher, SXSW, the 92nd St. Y, Harvard Women's Leadership Conference, TEDx Boston, and many more.
Nataly lives in Boston with her husband and daughter. When she isn’t running Happier, she can be found painting in her art studio, doing creative projects with her daughter, deepening her practice of yoga and meditation, or cooking up feasts for her family and friends – all of which bring her a lot of joy.