This week we talk to Emma Seppälä about success and happiness
Emma Seppälä, Ph.D is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and the author of The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success. She is also 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. She consults with Fortune 500 leaders and employees on building a positive organization and teaches in the Yale School of Management’s Executive Education program. She graduated from Yale (BA), Columbia (MA), and Stanford (PhD).
In This Interview, Emma Seppälä and I Discuss…
- Her book, The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success
- The false notion that in order to be successful you have to work so hard that you postpone your happiness
- The 6 major false theories that are behind our current notions of success
- The false theory of “You can’t have success without stress”
- That our stress response is only meant to be fight or flight, not “most of the time”
- That high adrenaline compromises our immune system, our ability to focus, make good decisions
- The role of meditation in one’s success
- What prevents us from getting into a creative mindset
- How to manage your energy vs managing your time
- What we can learn from the resilience in children and animals
- Where veterans and civilians can go to learn the art of breathing to recover from trauma
- For Veterans: Project Welcome Home Troops
- For Civilians: Art of Living
- How “looking out for #1” can actually be harmful to you
- Why workplaces are incorporating compassion training
Emma Seppälä Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feedThe Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.