Hi there, I'm Nataly

Happier is more than a company. It's my life purpose to share what I've learned with you!

Nataly's TEDx talk

Our mission

At Happier, our mission is to help millions of people thrive in work 

and life by improving their emotional health with science-backed 

skills and practices.

A note from Nataly

Nataly on stepsHappier is a very personal project for me, which grew out of my experience as a refugee to the US and my subsequent journey to find genuine happiness. I took many wrong turns, spent decades chasing the BIG HAPPY through achievements and success, trying to run away from any negative feelings of pain, sadness, or stress.

What I've learned is that genuine emotional wellbeing doesn't come from making everything in our lives perfect and never feeling any difficult emotions. It comes from allowing ourselves to feel all that we feel, to accept ourselves and the world as it is, and then, from that as a starting point, to practice our happier skills to cultivate and grow the seeds of genuine joy we all have inside.

Happiness isn't a state of being or a simple feeling -- and it doesn't come from the outside.

It's a skill we can all practice and improve, no matter our starting point. All our efforts at Happier are aimed at helping you do just that.

In the spirit of sharing, here is an article I wrote on my 40th birthday about 40 lessons I've learned about being happier. (And if you'd like to learn more about how my journey as a Russian immigrant led to creating Happier, here's my TED talk.)

Nataly with painting on easelBefore Happier I was a digital media executive, a venture investor, and an analyst with McKinsey & Co. in NYC. (I managed to squeeze in a few more start-ups in there, including a student-publishing company I ran with my husband from our tiny NYC apartment, but that’s a longer story.)

I immigrated to the U.S. as a refugee from the former Soviet Union when I was 13 years old.

Starting my journey in the projects outside of Detroit, I reached the highest level of corporate success, and became a venture capitalist at the age of 26. I had a lovely family and was honoring the gift of being able to build my life in America.

But I found myself unfulfilled and was inspired to learn how to live a truly happier, fulfilling life. My discoveries and explorations of scientific research, as well as Eastern disciplines like yoga and Qi Gong, led me to create Happier and dedicate my life and work to empowering millions of people with the tools to live their best lives.

If Happier or I can be helpful to you or your organization, we'd love to hear from you!

What we believe about living happier

We believe that happiness is not a feeling, but a skill we can all learn and improve through practice.

We believe that it's not a frivolous extra but a critical, non-negotiable ingredient in living a fulfilling, meaningful, healthy life.

We believe that our greatest wellbeing is realized when we stop trying to turn the negative into the positive and embrace the full range of human emotions with compassion and strength.

Our school of thought

The Happier Method is made up of the 5 Core Happier Skills that, when practiced regularly, have been scientifically proven to improve emotional well-being, increase resilience, reduce stress, and help you thrive in every area of your life.

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Cupped Hands



Intentional Kindness


The Bigger Why

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