Emma Seppälä


Emma Seppälä

Emma Seppälä, PhD, is science director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Happiness Track. She is also codirector of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. 

A frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Psychology Today, Huffington Post, and Scientific American Mind,Seppälä is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Fulfillment Daily, a popular news site dedicated to the science of happiness.

Her work and research have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Fast Company, and in many more publications. She has also appeared on Good Morning America, ABC News, Fox News, and Huffington Post Live and is featured in the documentary film The Altruism Revolution.

Seppälä’s research on yoga-based breathing for military veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan was highlighted in Free the Mind, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Phie Ambo, as well as in Amy Cuddy’s book Presence and in U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan’s book Mindful Nation.

She consults with Fortune 500 companies, has spoken at Tedx Sacramento and TEDx Hayward, and at companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Bain & Co, Ernst & Young, as well as at a United States Congressional Hearing.

Seppälä is the recipient of a number of research grants and service awards, including the James W. Lyons Award from Stanford University for founding Stanford’s first academic class on the psychology of happiness and teaching well-being programs for Stanford students.