How One Entrepreneur’s Hacking The Science Of Happiness

Ritu Raj believes that happiness is both undeniably powerful and poorly understood.

So he’s using data to get to the bottom of it. Ritu’s BeingHappy app helps you track your daily happiness on a scale, determining what factors (like sleep, a sunny climate or a compliment from a coworker) help you be most happy. Ritu is interested in the external and internal factors that influence happiness and aims to optimize happiness for all.

Ritu believes that when we are truly happy, we are more productive at work, more thoughtful consumers and have more fulfilling personal relationships. In our interview, Ritu explains why he’s addicted to entrepreneurship, how he balances his artistic side with his go-getter inclination, and how the Constitution spawned his interest in the pursuit of happiness. 

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One Powerful Analyst’s Secret To Understanding People

An ultra-marathon runner and analytical genius, Leslie Zednai isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Leslie is fascinated by people. Specifically, what motivates people to act (or not to act), authenticity, and the biases we form as we grow. Leslie’s career began in Oceanography, where she traveled the oceans of the world on a constant adventure, but she still felt that something was missing.

Now, Leslie works as an analyst, synthesizing data sets to help marketing teams make decisions. Her trick? An ambidextrous brain that allows her to merge her creative and analytical sides.

Read on to learn more about Leslie’s brain, how and why she started ultra-marathon running, and why she thinks it’s important to form groups and socialize with friends regularly. 

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Why One Powerful Performer Embraces Vulnerability

Sonja McCord has accepted the fact that she will embarrass herself.

And that’s what makes her a great performer.

As a professional dancer and singer, Sonja recognizes that a strong performance doesn’t come easily. Sonja knows that she’ll make mistakes as she learns and she’s comfortable using vulnerability as an opportunity to build her confidence as a performer.

Learn why Sonja believes in laughing every day, who inspires her, and how she plans on achieving her goal of performing on Broadway .

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How One Nomad Finds Truth in Vulnerability

Neal Steeno’s life is like a movie.

After graduating from college, Neal lived out of a car in the Arizona desert. Neal introduced himself to a stranger in a cafe who gave him the best advice of his life. That day, Neal quit his job and hopped on a plane to pursue his love of film.

Neal ventured to Vietnam to produce the film Naneek which traces a vet’s journey back to Vietnam to confront his difficult emotions. Neal has a knack for telling people’s stories, especially honest stories that reveal vulnerability and truth.

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Move Over Job, Pursue Your Passion

Is passion a word you use to describe your job?

If yes, you’re like these three community members. Sienna Martz, pictured above, Marques Anderson, and Christine Hauer infuse high levels of passion into their work because they care about what they do. Their passion translates into highly specialized and impactful work, whether that’s in sculpture art for Sienna, Marques’s work as the founder of the World Education Foundation or Christine’s consulting and acting.

If passion isn’t necessarily something you associate with work, let these stories inspire you to move towards what you love.

Sienna Martz is a sculpture artist with a twist. Sienna designs art pieces that interact with the body, from hats to dresses to large installations. For Sienna, her work is her “outlet for self-expression and thought, a way to communicate without words.” Read more →

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How One Musician Puts His Sixth Sense To Good Use

Matthew Mayer is an exceptional pianist, but that’s not his only gift.

As a child, Matthew discovered that he picked up on the feelings of those around him with ease. His intuition found an outlet when Matthew started playing the piano at age 12. From high school onward, Matthew‘s been performing and sharing his music around the globe.

Dream-like, powerful and deeply moving, Matthew’s music conveys the full spectrum of human emotion. Learn about the moment Matthew fell in love with music, how he balances a separate 9-5 job and why his sixth sense helps him compose music that people love.

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Why One Social Media Guru Doesn’t Believe in Luck

Tiffany Zamora rules the social media world.

A thoughtful strategist in work and in life, Tiffany helps brands create native, optimized content for each of their social channels.

Tiffany’s inspiration? The people she surrounds herself with. Tiffany believes in creating a network of supportive family and friends who challenge you to be the best version of yourself. Tiffany walks us through a day in her life, an unexpected lesson she’s learned and why she’s a huge fan of about.me.

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