Summary of The Happiness Track

How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success

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Happiness leads to success – not the other way around.


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Readers will benefit from health psychology expert Emma Seppälä’s lovely book – not only from the insights she offers into human behavior, but also from access to her wealth of resources and references. She explains that new scientific discoveries suggest that happiness leads to success, not the other way around. You have a better chance of succeeding and attaining happiness if you focus on today instead of living for the future. Your attractiveness to others, and your ability to work effectively and feel happy, all increase as you focus on the present and act compassionately toward yourself and others. getAbstract recommends Seppälä’s advice to anybody who wants to draw on the latest academic research on leading a more compassionate and successful life.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How modern findings about happiness undermine the conventional view of what it takes to succeed
  • How tendencies like doing too much at once and focusing too much on the future undermine mental health
  • How breathing and meditation can generate feelings of peace
  • How success can spring from embracing compassion, not self-centeredness


Six fallacies work against what modern research teaches about success. Avoid buying into these myths: “Never stop accomplishing”; “you can’t have success without stress”; “persevere at all costs”; “focus on your niche”; “play to your strengths”; and “look out for number one...
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About the Author

Emma Seppälä, PhD, holds her degree in psychology. She serves as science director at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, and is an expert in well-being, resilience and health psychology. She is the co-director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a lecturer at Yale College where she teaches The Psychology of Happiness.

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