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5 Questions for Emma Seppälä

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<em>Edit Article</em> 5 Questions for Emma Seppälä
Researcher (and new S&H columnist) Emma Seppala, unpacks the latest studies on happiness and offers a new way forward in her new book The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success.1. How does “chasing the future” actually hinder success?You believe that, in order to succeed and be happy, you need to focus on the future. But this tendency to focus on the future makes you highly anxious. You get sucked into this pattern because of anticipatory joy and mistakenly believe that the chase will bring you happiness. Research suggests a far superior way to become successful without burning out: being present.2. What does breath training have to do with building resilience?Breath training can help you calm down quickly by activating your parasympathetic nervous system. It lowers blood pressure and heart rate very quickly. By regularly practicing breathing exercises, you can reduce your anxiety and learn to more quickly bounce back from stressful situations.3. You say you can get more done by doing more of nothing. Why is it important to nurture creative idlene …

Alma Tassi is the Digital Content Director for Spirituality & Health magazine. She has worked for several magazines and edited books on spirituality, personal growth, and women's issues.


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