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Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D.
We say yes when we mean no for many reasons: to impress, to avoid conflict, to be nice, or to conform. But many of us say yes because we’ve never learned to say no. Here's how to.
50 percent of the day, we are not thinking about what we're doing. Here's how to stay more present, happier, and more productive.
The average American consumes 34 gigabytes of content and 100,000 words of information every day, far more than our ancestors handled.
We numb ourselves from emotional pain in every way possible, yet in doing so we ironically and unwittingly pull the brakes on our own happiness.
Some people seem old though they are young. Others are old but seem very young. What's their secret?
We value excitement, stress, hustle, and bustle. What we fail to realize is that by staying calm we conserve our energy, are happier, and more emotionally intelligent.
A new study suggests we're better at reading emotional states in voices than in faces.
Want to boost your efficiency, be happier, and more emotionally intelligent? Take these 10 steps thanks to awesome new books.
This is how to make others (and yourself) truly happy this holiday season.
We all strive to be successful, or "good at" our work, parenting, athletic effort, or whatever our favorite hobby is. But one thing we don't think about is how to be wonderful.
Here's what happens to your relationships when you ignore others for your phone.
Friendships at work are critical for happiness and success - but you have to manage them with skill
Everyone has a book in them - but not everyone knows how to get it out. We have misconceptions about what it takes. Here are 3 essential secrets to making it happen.
How to communicate frustration without destroying your relationships.
Conquering pain and stress with the mind is not only possible—it's powerful.
Americans generally believe that they should push themselves before they actually take a break. They don't realize that vacations will make them more—not less—productive.
We’re giving our kids scientifically unfounded advice about how to succeed in life . Here’s what to do instead if you want them to succeed and be happy.
As a happiness and workplace well-being researcher, I'm asked about this all the time. These 11 tips work.
Animals and pets can bring tremendous healing benefits to children and adults. They think and feel much in the way we do. Here's why we stand to learn a lot from them..
Green spaces boost happiness, make you smarter and more creative. So many science-backed reasons to go take a hike!
Many of us feel burned out. Taking care of others seems like one more burden. Here are science-backed ways you can give to others, reap the benefits, and feel nourished too!
Our need to feel special may be feeding a loneliness crisis. Here's what we can do!
How many times do we find ourselves with a friend who is going through a breakup, a loss, or another difficult life transition and find ourselves at a loss for what to do?
Talented people often fall for an idea that ends up harming their success in the long run - here's the science of how to avoid it (and become happier to boot).
Whether you're a stay-at-home mom or a CEO—innovation, problem-solving, creativity—they determine your success. Here's the easy way to access breakthrough thinking.
After a long winter, here's some serious inspiration for the summer months to boost your happiness and success!
In our quest to become powerful communicators, we forget about the powerful impact of shutting up and listening.
We all face difficult conversations with our spouse, our boss, our employee, our friends. We get so caught up in our words we forget the most important part: our body language.
When it comes to being the target of negative gossip, you can make yourself resilient and avoid letting it get the best of you.
No matter what our political affiliation, our children are entering a deeply divided society and playground. Here's how to keep playgrounds safe and your children resilient.
Emma Seppala, Ph.D, is the Associate Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.
This blog is dedicated to emotional health, well-being and fulfillment.