Hello, Awesome Humans!

I'm Nataly, the founder of Happier, and I am THRILLED you're here!

Why I founded Happier

nataly headshot outside art sweatshirtHappier is a very personal company for me.

After coming to the US as a refugee when I was a teenager, I worked really hard to achieve meaningful success and take care of my family, believing that once I did "enough", I would find joy and happiness. I lived according to the "I'll be happy when..." belief system that many of us fall into -- the idea that happiness lies on the other end of achievements and making ourselves and our lives "perfect".

But no matter how much I achieved or how hard I worked, I never found this happiness euphoria.

Instead, I suffered a debilitating burnout because I had completely neglected my emotional, mental, and physical health.

My burnout taught me a painful but life-changing lesson:

Happiness and well-being can never be achieved by anything we do on the outside.

We must cultivate them within ourselves and our reality as it is, by practicing emotional fitness skills and creating a more supportive relationship with ourselves, our thoughts, our emotions, and other people.

This is the mission for Happier and my life's work: 

To help you strengthen your emotional fitness skills so you can struggle less, thrive more, and be a positive force of good in the world!


Watch my TED talk!

How a Russian refugee in the U.S. climbed to the top of the corporate ladder, burned out, and changed her life by founding Happier.


I do have a professional bio...

A leading expert on emotional fitness, Nataly Kogan is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and keynote speaker on a mission to help millions of people struggle less and thrive more in work and life.

Nataly Kogan headshot v4Nataly immigrated to the US as a refugee from the former Soviet Union when she was 13 years old. Starting her American life in the projects and on welfare, she went on to reach the highest levels of success at McKinsey and Microsoft, as a Managing Director at a venture capital fund, and as founder or executive at 5 startups and tech companies. 

But after years of chasing a non-existent state of nirvana, Nataly was not only unfulfilled, she suffered a debilitating burnout that led her to find a new way to live and work.

Today, she helps Awesome Humans live and work with more connection, joy, and meaning by sharing her science-backed skills and practices with hundreds of top companies and teams through her Happier @ Work and leadership programs.

Nataly is a sought-after international keynote speaker and has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, TEDx Boston, SXSW, The Harvard Women's Leadership Conference, and The “Dr. Oz Show.

She’s the creator of the unboring Happier Method™, founder and CEO of Happier, host of the popular Awesome Human Podcast, and author of HAPPIER NOW and GRATITUDE DAILY, and THE AWESOME HUMAN PROJECT (Feb. 2022). 

Nataly is also a self-taught abstract artist, currently working on her first NFT art collection of 100 Awesome Humans. Nataly lives outside of Boston with her husband and daughter, although she will always be a New Yorker at heart.

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