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The Happiness Track: A Crash Course in Enlightenment

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<em>Edit Article</em> The Happiness Track: A Crash Course in Enlightenment

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My junior year of college I was driving back from a ski trip during a Vermont snowstorm when I shifted gears and lost control. We swerved across several highway lanes into a ditch, flipped, and rolled three times before landing upside down. Somehow, despite the airbags not activating, my friend and I climbed out unscathed. A couple days later, when I told the man at the car wreck center who I was, he said, “That’s not possible. No one could have survived that.” Yet somehow we did. And it changed us.We both experienced profound inner peace and joked that we had become enlightened. This must be how it feels: deeply calm, yet gloriously joyful—filled with love and exuberance. I wanted to run around telling everyone, “Wake up! Be happy! You are ALIVE! Everything else is irrelevant—why in the world are you so stressed out!” I could see clearly how petty our daily worries are, how sweating the small stuff is such a waste of energy, and how much we all have to be grateful for.Of course, that deep realization didn’t last. We inevitably got pulled back into the everyday concerns of college students. Yet that exp …

Emma Seppala, is the author of The Happiness Track (being published March 26th) and Science Director at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research at Stanford Medical School.


Emma Seppälä, PhD, is author of The Happiness Track, founder of FulfillmentDaily.com, and Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.


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