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The Science of Happiness

Dr. Emma Sepalla - Stop, Breathe & Think | 52:40


All right. Hello, everyone. Thank you so much for coming. My name is Melissa Tobin, and I'm very pleased to be able to welcome a very special guest to Google today. 

She is Dr. Emma Cipolla, and she is the science director of the Center for compassion and altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, author of The happiness track and a leading expert on health, psychology, wealth, wellbeing and resilience. 

She founded the popular new site fulfillment daily and contributes to Psychology Today and Harvard Business Review. A thought of a sought after or thoughtful and sought after speaker Cipolla. Seppala has addressed academic, corporate and governmental institutions. 

Her work has been featured in The New York Times, ABC News, Forbes, the Boston Globe, US News and World Report's The Huffington Post Inc. and Fast Company Sapelo holds degrees from Yale, Columbia and Stanford. Originally from Paris, France, she speaks French, English, German, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. So please give me a please give Miss Sapelo a very warm welcome.

So I'm going to start, since we're talking about happiness, I'm going to start with showing you something that I saw in downtown Palo Alto yesterday, when I was just got off the plane, and I arrived and was looking for some lunch, I walked by a store this what it said in the window. Whoever said money can't buy happiness, simply didn't know where to go shopping. Anybody know where this was? Right next to life kitchen. 

So when we think about the science of happiness, and when we look at it, as psychologists and researchers, there are two different kinds of happiness. And one is the happiness that we derive from sensual pleasures, the happiness we derive from things like shopping, for example, from food, from money, and even from Awards and achievements. So all those things that give us some kind of material, material pleasure, or the pleasure that we received from succeeding in some small way gives us a boost the other form of happiness that we can, that we look at. 

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