EP 6: Nataly Kogan - Happiness is a Practice

Written by: Raj Jana

EP 6: <!--break-->Nataly Kogan -<!--break--> Happiness is a Practice

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EP. 006 | “The best teachers are those to whom the material they teach did not come easily.”

Nataly Kogan is a TEDx speaker, the CEO Of Happier.com and a recognized expert on the subject of happiness - so I’m super pumped to be able to get her onto the Stay Grounded podcast.

Nataly’s story is an inspiration too. Born in the USSR, Nataly and her parents became refugees when she was just 11.

Making her way through numerous refugee camps, Nataly eventually arrived in the USA - excited about her ‘American Dream’.

Driven by the belief that she’d be happy if she accomplished a long list of goals, Nataly pushed herself to the top. She achieved huge success in her business and professional life, but after two decades of hustle, she burned out.

Worse still, she hadn’t found the happiness she imagined, but instead hit a wall.


This was the trigger that made Nataly quit her high-profile executive career and start seeking out the small, micro-habits that when practiced daily, can fundamentally change the quality of your life.


And it’s these micro-habits that Nataly shares in this podcast.

Happiness is a practice, not a feeling.

Nataly and I first met at an entrepreneur’s retreat in the spring of 2017 and we instantly hit it off. Out of all the people I met that weekend, she was my favorite! Thanks to our shared commitment to spreading happiness, we had a lot to talk about!

And I was blown away by Nataly's insight and perspective. I loved how her entire message hinges on small, simple practices that make a huge difference - and her ideas are all scientifically-backed too.

Nataly’s goal is simple, but audacious. She’s here to inspire millions of people to make tiny, tiny, tiny changes to their routine that will help them live a fully, happier, more meaningful life. And in this podcast, you’ll discover some of her most powerful (and easy to try practices).

It’s a big claim, but I stand by it.

This podcast contains ideas and insights that could change how you feel - for good. So brew a coffee, grab a notebook and pen, and prepare to be wowed.

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You cannot give what you dont have. You can only give what you have.

Some Questions I Ask:

  •  How do you weave happiness as a practice into your everyday life?
  •  What tips can you share to help us get away from the mindset that we need to focus on the big things down the road to find happiness? (26:09)
  •  How do you bring yourself back to your anchors and a place of joy when you are not feeling good? (36:49)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  •  The simple shift in thinking about happiness that fundamentally changed the quality of Nataly’s life. (6:37)
  •  An explanation of the five anchors to happiness that Nataly practices daily. (7:49)
  •  The biggest misconception with meditation and why this belief is slipping you up. (10:03)
  •  The one habit that 11,000 scientific studies agree increases our physical and emotional wellbeing. (11:42)
  •  The reason Nataly schedules acts of kindness on her calendar. (14:28)
  •  How to turn your to-do list into a source of happiness. (17:39)
  •  Why “I’ll be happy when…” is a dangerous phrase to say. (27:30)
  •  Nataly’s simple strategies for feeling happy everyday. (31:07)
  •  The critical happiness skill Nataly learned when she hit rock bottom. (38:04).
  •  Nataly’s game-changing definition of happiness. (42:35)
  • Plus much more…