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Emma Seppälä, Ph.D
Emma Seppala, Ph.D is a Research Scientist at Stanford University and the Associate Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. She is the founder of - science-based news for a happier life. Her research has been featured in the New York Times and ABC News as well as books such as Congressman Tim Ryan's Mindful Nation and documentary films such as Free the Mind. Her articles have appeared in print and online press including Psychology Today, Scientific American Mind, the Huffington Post, Mindful and Spirituality & Health. She obtained her BA from Yale, her MA from Columbia University and her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. Emma's areas of expertise are health psychology, well-being, and resilience. She has examined the impact of meditation on happiness, social connection, and compassion. She has also investigated the effects of yoga-based interventions for combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder. She is the recipient of a number of grants and awards including the James W. Lyons Award awarded by Stanford University for service to the Stanford campus: she helped found Stanford's first class on the Psychology of Happiness and taught a large number of well-being programs for students. Emma often gives talks on the psychology of health and well-being to academic, corporate, and governmental institutions including places such as Google, the National Science Foundation, and a US Congressional Hearing. She is the author of an upcoming book on productivity (HarperOne).
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Entries by Emma Seppälä, Ph.D

Silicon Valley's Race to Hack Happiness

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Anxiety and depression are on the rise. One study shows that the rise in anti-depressant use has risen over 400 percent in recent years. One in 10 Americans is currently using a psychotropic medication for anxiety, depression or similar forms of mental distress.

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7 Ways Technology Can Improve Your Happiness!

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 4:47 PM

Have you ever found yourself on a vacation, a date or a great party with beloved friends and family when suddenly, out of the blue, and for no good reason, you develop an irresistible urge to check your Twitter, Facebook, texts or emails? You're not alone. Here's why: The urge...

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The Best Kept Secret to Intimacy: Vulnerability

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 12:16 PM

Why is falling in love scary? Why do people often shut down in the face of intimacy? Because of an intense fear of vulnerability. Dr. Brene Brown, Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, explains this phenomenon: "Vacillating between I am here and I love...

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Your Brain on Email

(5) Comments | Posted October 11, 2014 | 10:46 AM

Have you noticed that checking your email impacts how you feel? For example, have you ever been in a situation in which you were feeling great until you received an email out of the blue that completely upset the entire rest of your day? How about those days when you received...

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18 Science-Based Reasons to Try Loving-Kindness Meditation

(6) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Many of us have heard of meditation's benefits. We may have even tried meditation once or twice. And many of us will have found it hard and concluded that "meditation is not for me." But wait! Did you know there are many forms of meditation? There are mantra meditations, visualization...

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What's Your Yoga Studio Type?

(5) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 2:39 PM

Yoga is like dating. You might think you're not good at it, but that's because you haven't found your type yet!

Have you ever attended a yoga class, only to feel awkwardly out of place? Maybe you felt like you just didn't fit in and, as a consequence, you...

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The Best-Kept Secrets to Exceptional Productivity

(3) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Our culture has become one of compulsive overworking. The story of a 21-year-old Merrill Lynch employee who appears to have worked himself to death after 72 hours in the office is just one extreme example.

Most "successful" people -- whether they are start-up founders in Silicon Valley,...

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O segredo mais bem guardado dos casais que dão certo

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 2:01 PM

De acordo com Adam Grant, o mais popular e mais jovem professor titular da Wharton School [escola de administração de empresas da Universidade da Pensilvânia] e autor de Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, as pessoas se enquadram em uma de três categorias distintas: doadoras, trocadoras e tomadoras....

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O maior segredo guardado pelos casais bem-sucedidos

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 9:41 PM

De acordo com Adam Grant, o mais popular e mais jovem professor titular da Wharton School [escola de administração de empresas da Universidade da Pensilvânia] e autor de "Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success", as pessoas se enquadram em uma de três categorias distintas: doadoras, trocadoras e tomadoras....

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Why Compassion in Business Makes Sense

(16) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:42 PM

Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress -- and research has shown that high levels of stress carry a number of costs to employers and employees alike.

Stress brings high health care and turnover costs. In a...

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Le secret de la longévité dans un couple

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 12:17 PM

Selon Adam Grant, le plus jeune professeur titulaire de l'université Wharton et auteur de Donnant donnant : quand générosité et entreprise font bon ménage (à paraître le 29 novembre en France), les gens se divisent en trois catégories : les "donneurs", les "preneurs" et les "échangeurs". Bien que le livre...

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The Best Kept Secret to Highly Successful Couples

(167) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 12:30 PM

According to Adam Grant, Wharton's most popular and youngest tenured faculty member and the author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, people fall into one of three distinct categories: givers, matchers and takers. While Grant's book is written for a business audience, its theories provide extraordinary insight...

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