148: Building Happier Workplaces with Nataly Kogan, Founder, Happier, Inc.

The word “happy” can be such a loaded one. It conjures up an overly chipper person that no matter the circumstance, they see rainbows and unicorns. Luckily, podcast guest, Nataly Kogan, tells us that being happy doesn’t mean being positive all of the time.

Nataly Kogan is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author whose mission is ​to help millions of people optimize their emotional health. ​She reached the highest levels of corporate success at McKinsey and Microsoft, and at 26 became a managing director in venture capital. But she was burned out from juggling non-stop work and family responsibilities and felt unfulfilled.

Her journey to find meaningful, lasting happiness along with the discovery of scientific research on emotional well-being led her to found Happier. Nataly believes happiness is not this big prize on the horizon that we can work hard to achieve. Rather, happiness is a skill we can practice.

In today’s interview, Nataly tells her story of fleeing the former Soviet Union and coming to the U.S. as a refugee and her search for what she calls the “big happy”. She tells us how this search led her to create Happier and walks us through the 3 principles and 5 core skills of the Happier Method. Nataly explains how her life is different now than in her previous corporate life and she leaves us with a tangible tip (or two).

Interview highlights (with timestamps):
  • [5:43] Nataly’s search for the “Big Happy”.
  • [7:33] When Nataly realized her decades long quest for the Big Happy wasn’t fulfilling.
  • [18:10] Nataly’s definition of happiness (including 3 mindset shifts).
  • [21:32] Our natural happiness setpoint
  • [24:45] The 5 core skills of the Happier Method.
  • [38:05] How Nataly’s life has changed since starting Happier even though she’s still busy.
  • [43:25] Her tangible tip for wellness pros.
Mentioned in this episode:

Wellness Council of Wisconsin Conference

Redesigning Wellness Facebook Community

https://www.happier.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natalykogan/

Full Bio:

Nataly Kogan is the creator of the Happier MethodTM and an entrepreneur, speaker, and author. Her mission is ​to help millions of people optimize their emotional health through science-backed, practical skills so they can thrive in work and life. ​Nataly’s book, ​Happier Now, ​was published in May of 2018.

At 13, Nataly fled the former Soviet Union with her family and and came to the US as a refugee. She reached the highest levels of corporate success at McKinsey and Microsoft, and at 26 became a managing director in venture capital. But she was burned out from juggling non-stop work and family responsibilities and felt unfulfilled. Her journey to find meaningful, lasting happiness and discovery of scientific research on emotional well-being led her to found Happier.

Since then, Happier’s online courses, Happier @ WorkTM training programs, book, and the Happier app have helped more than a million people live their best life.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalykogan/