Nataly Kogan

Nataly Kogan, CEO of Happier, Inc.
Nataly Kogan, CEO of Happier, Inc.



Nataly Kogan is a former writer for Verywell Mind, covering happiness. She is the co-founder and CEO of Happier, a leading wellness company on a mission to make millions of people happier by helping them find, create, and celebrate more small awesome moments in their daily lives. More than 500,000 people have used Happier's mobile apps and bite-sized courses to improve the quality of their lives.

Nataly has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New York Magazine, Time, and on Bloomberg TV and “One World” with Deepak Chopra.

She is a sought-out speaker and expert on happiness, appearing at TEDxBoston, Fortune's Tech Brainstorm, Blogher, SXSW, The 92nd St. Y, Harvard Women's Leadership Conference and many others.

Nataly immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was 13 years old and learned first hand that it’s possible to find small happy moments in even the most difficult of circumstances. Instead of chasing “The Big Happy” of future goals and achievements, Nataly wants to inspire people to stop saying “I’ll be happy when…” and start saying “I’m happier now because...”

Prior to Happier, Nataly held top positions at Manhattan-based firms McKinsey and Co. and Hudson Ventures; launched her own publishing company; wrote a book (The Daring Female’s Guide to Ecstatic Living, published by Hyperion in 2006); founded an online community for working mothers (; worked at Microsoft’s state-of-the-art Future of Social Experiences Lab (FUSE), and became the Vice President of Consumer Experience at WHERE (which she helped sell to PayPal in 2011).

In addition to being a sought-after speaker, Nataly’s expert articles on gratitude, work-life balance, positive thinking, how to be happier at work, creativity, and stress relief have been published by,, The Huffington Post, and many others.


Nataly graduated from Wesleyan University with High and University Honors, having majored in the College of Social Studies. But her real education about happiness came from years of digging into all the research on happiness -- from psychology, economics, and neuroscience -- before starting Happier.

A Word From Nataly Kogan

Thousands of studies have shown that becoming happier comes from appreciating, savoring, and sharing small positive moments in our daily lives—not from huge achievements or making millions of dollars. What I've also learned is that we can learn to be happier and that improving our emotional well-being has huge health benefits, like helping us reduce stress, sleep better, have fewer heart attacks, and live longer.

I decided to launch Happier to inspire and teach millions of people how to find, create, and celebrate more daily awesome moments and live happier, healthier lives as the result.

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