iOS app Android app

Rick Foster
Rick Foster and his partner, Greg Hicks, have dedicated themselves to studying people and communities that thrive. Their extensive research has taken them to all seven continents and generated a roadmap to happiness, physical wellbeing, and, ultimately, success. This model is now being studied internationally by mind-body researchers, and is the basis of Rick’s training work in leadership, organizational wellness and productivity, health, and wealth management.

Rick is also co-creator (with Greg Hicks and Dr. Catherine O'Brien) of the Sustainable Happiness Course (, an online experience that links personal happiness with the long term wellbeing of our world.

Rick is a frequent keynote speaker, consultant, and trainer. He works in the U.S. and worldwide with such clients as G.E., AXA Financial, The Mayo Clinic, Stanford University Medical Center, New York University Medical Center, Wells Fargo, and The Zenith.

Rick is on the faculty of the American Hospital Association’s Patient Safety Fellowship Program, and has taught at UC Berkeley and San Jose State University.

Rick’s newest book, (co-authored with Greg Hicks), is Happiness & Health. His first book, (again, with Greg Hicks), the best-selling How We Choose to Be Happy (PenguinPutnam), was nominated as Best Motivational Book by the prestigious Books for a Better Life and was selected as one of the Book of the Month Club’s Best Books of the Year. Translated into 15 languages, the book is being used by businesses, hospitals and universities around the world. And, Rick and Greg have written a children’s book, The Martha Is Mine, an Almost True Story.

Rick has appeared on dozens of T.V. and radio shows, and has been featured in such magazines as Health, Fitness, Working Mother, Fit, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Ebony and Readers’ Digest. He has a particular love of blogging and late-night live radio talk shows.

Rick can be reached at: or

Entries by Rick Foster

Restaurateurs Beware! This Is Costing You Money!

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 12:54 PM

I just left a lovely little bistro in Seattle feeling abused and dyspeptic. The food was great, but the meal was an ordeal. I had a wonderful Cesar Salad, roasted yellow beets, and a truly fabulous plate of gnocchi, all served by a funny, smart, gracious young woman. Why was...

Read Post

An Answer to Your Question: How I Really Went Off Sugar

(16) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 12:50 PM

On April 9, I posted an article, "My Year Off Sugar," which listed the many benefits I got from 12 months of sugar abstinence. The posting prompted wonderful, and sometimes frustrated, responses from Huffington Post readers -- both on the site and to me personally. The most edgy among them...

Read Post

My Year off Sugar

(33) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 8:10 AM

One year ago, in April 2011, I read an article by Gary Taubes in the New York Times Magazine that scared me straight off sugar. And I did it, cold turkey.

Until then, I'd never dieted in my life. In fact, I loved every dessert known to humankind. With impunity,...

Read Post

Are You Sure You Want to Write a Book?

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2009 | 2:20 PM

Pretty much everybody wants to write a book. I know this because I've co-written a book, and everywhere I go -- for keynote speeches, presentations, training sessions, or to talk about our topic in any form -- people emerge from the audience to tell me about the book they, too,...

Read Post

Your Grandmother and Mine, Happiness, and Health

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2009 | 10:58 AM

It is highly likely that our grandmothers - yours and mine - shared one crucial, deeply-held belief. Even though it's equally likely they were quite different as individuals, they agreed on something that the best educated and most sophisticated medical researchers are only now beginning to prove: that happiness has...

Read Post

The Real Leadership Success Factors : Rate Your Senior Leaders and Rate Yourself

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2009 | 12:11 PM

If you dissect the stunning business collapses of the past decade, you'll find that the corporations' senior leaders - very often, The Top Senior Leader - have been personally responsible for the debacle. And, it wasn't bad technical business decision-making that caused the problems leading up to the disaster. It...

Read Post

The Biochemistry of Sales

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 1:01 PM

We want to close this deal. But, our customer has sweaty palms, rapid heartbeat, deep breathing, hints of anger, perhaps fear, certainly distrust. There's no question in our mind: we're watching the sale evaporate.

By contrast, any seasoned salesperson will describe a receptive and sales-positive customer in the following physical...

Read Post

Why We Vote For The Happiest Cavemen

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2008 | 4:32 PM

I rail at the notion that American voting is all about the Cult of Personality, guilt by association, and frantic character assassination. It would be so civilized if we voted for a political philosophy or, at least, a platform of ethical principles. But most of us don't. What we vote...

Read Post

9 Ways To Be Happy In A High-Stress World

(3) Comments | Posted August 6, 2008 | 8:55 AM

In 2000 more than 50 million Americans had tried Prozac or some other form of mood-enhancing medication. Why? 9/11 hadn't happened; Al Qaeda was mostly unknown; Hurricane Katrina wasn't on our radar screens; no one was making the hard choices among medical care, food, and gasoline; and "sub-prime" referred to...

Read Post