The Happiness Track

  • by Emma Seppala
  • Narrated by Nan McNamara
  • 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A leading expert on health psychology, well-being, and resilience argues that happiness is the key to fast tracking our professional and personal success.
Everyone wants to be happy and successful. And yet the pursuit of both has never been more elusive. As work and personal demands rise, we try to keep up by juggling everything better, moving faster, and doing more. While we might succeed in the short term, it comes at a cost to our well-being, our relationships, and, paradoxically, our productivity.
In The Happiness Track, Emma Seppala, the science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, explains that our inability to achieve sustainable fulfillment is tied to common but outdated notions about success. We are taught that getting ahead means doing everything that's thrown at us (and then some) with razor-sharp focus and iron discipline; that success depends on our drive and talents; and that achievement cannot happen without stress.
The Happiness Track demolishes these counterproductive theories. Drawing on the latest findings from the fields of cognitive psychology and neuroscience - research on happiness, resilience, willpower, compassion, positive stress, creativity, and mindfulness - Seppala shows that finding happiness and fulfillment may, in fact, be the most productive thing we can do to thrive professionally. Filled with practical advice on how to apply these scientific findings to our daily lives, The Happiness Track is a life-changing guide to fast tracking our success and creating the anxiety-free lives we want.

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I enjoyed it. It was light reading - listening, really. I was surprised when it ended at chapter 7. I thought I was, at best, halfway through.

Meditation, counter-culture, and many likewise and interrelated topics that were highlighted and skimmed in this book have been a long interest of mine. So, this book felt like the Reader's Digest version of that.

Not horrible, not bad, but I'm glad I got it as part of my audible trial. I don't feel it's worth $16. (I recall that being the price.) Maybe $5. I could see it being $16 in paperback, if the references to the frequently-stated "research shows" were included, since I would like to see that research and go in further depth. I can't with an audio book.

Overall, it's very good light reading. It's almost like listening to a novel. But I'm, at the end, left feeling like I'm leaving the book mostly empty-handed. Don't get me wrong - the overall attitude and advise were invaluable, reminding me to not be so hard on myself, but application and science are not the strong suit of this book. not the audible version, at least.
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- somethingsea "somethingsea"

Lots of Chicken soup

Good overall but not for the seasoned veteran. More elementary with a broad range of coverage and not a great deal of depth in any one area. Narration felt a little pollyannish as well.
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- Gregg Tomberlin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio