Social Entrepreneur, Author, TEDx Speaker, Founder/CEO of WOHASU®, Co-Founder of World Happiness Summit®

Karen Guggenheim is a social entrepreneur, a leader in promoting the science behind happiness and wellbeing to an international audience, and a motivational speaker inspiring people about how to grow post trauma and rebuild a life focused on meaning, purpose, and wellbeing. She is the creative force behind the World Happiness Summit®, the leading wellbeing conference promoting the benefits of an evidence-based approach to increase wellbeing in all areas of life. She is also CEO of WOHASU®, the comprehensive wellbeing ecosystem named after the Summit that is inspiring a fast-growing movement sending a positive rippling effect around the world.

Cultivating Happiness is her first book.


What's being said about Cultivating Happiness

  • Karen’s moving book provides such an inspirational real-world example of how you can learn from personal tragedy and channel your pain into a commitment to improve your happiness.

    Dr. Laurie Santos
    Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon Professor of Psychology at Yale University and host of The Happiness Lab podcast
  • Loss, tragedy, and trauma are among the toughest hurdles we face in our journey toward getting happier. In Cultivating Happiness, Karen Guggenheim charts a hopeful way forward for those who are suffering—complete with inspiring stories and insight into the best research. A must read.

    Dr. Arthur Brooks
    Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor, Harvard Kennedy School Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School Happiness Correspondent, The Atlantic
  • This is the moving, real-life story of a superheroine.  And when such a story meets rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, we have a book that instructs, elevates, and inspires.

    Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar
    Co-Founder, Happiness Studies Academy, and Internationality Renown Teacher and Author in the Field of Happiness and Leadership
  • How do you find happiness in the face of great loss? In the book Cultivating Happiness, Karen Guggenheim bravely shares her own personal story of pain and grief to illustrate the transformative power of post traumatic growth, and provides tools and strategies to find happiness despite life’s greatest challenges.

    Jen Fisher
    Human Sustainability Lead, Deloitte US, and Best Selling Author
  • How can we proactively create the life we want, even when tragedy strikes? In this inspiring book, author Karen Guggenheim reveals happiness is teachable and learnable as she transforms a devastating personal loss into a global happiness movement. Cultivating Happiness takes us on an empowering journey beyond despair to find hope, happiness, and community using positive psychology principles as a roadmap. Reading this book feels like taking a life-changing road trip with a trusted friend who puts you back in the driver’s seat of your life, past the pain, to destinations you never dreamed possible. Thank you, Karen, for this heartfelt gift to the world!

    Dr. Kelli Harding, MD, MPH
    Psychiatrist and Public Health Physician, Columbia University Medical Center Author of The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness.
  • Karen’s commitment to happiness is incredible – her passion and dedication to both the science and concept of implementing happiness principles.  Her approach is both inspirational and practical, and it has a direct connection to what I believe – that food is happiness, and moreover, its own language of happiness.

    Maria Loi
    Chef, Entrepreneur, Greek Food Ambassador, Philanthropist, Author, TV Host & Healthy Lifestyle Expert
  • Cultivating Happiness is a delightful science-based guide filled with practical tools and important information for those of us who want to enjoy a state of happiness, especially when life does not appear to be on our side.

    Dr. Sandro Formica
    Ph.D., Professor and Speaker