For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with human behavior. I grew up in a small town in India, surrounded by a closely knit bunch of aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins, who provided a fertile ground for the study of human nature. My childhood attempts to understand the people around me eventually led to me earning a BA in Psychology and an MBA in Human Resource Management. I then spent 6+ years in the corporate world, where I had a flourishing career until I started longing for a greater sense of meaning in my life. Having been bitten by the “meaning-bug,” I quit my job in India in September 2014, and moved to the US along with my husband, Siddharth.
The Main Plot
I spent the first few months of my break from work taking courses, reading books, and asking questions: of myself and of others around me. My goal was to become more self-aware, which I believe is an essential step on the path to life change. After much reading, writing, and experimentation, this journey eventually led me to finding my life’s calling in the field of Positive Psychology.
I am a graduate of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program from the University of Pennsylvania, where I had the privilege of learning Positive Psychology from pioneers in the field. My Master’s thesis, titled “Take Charge of Your Happiness by Taking Charge of Yourself: Enhancing Well-being Through Greater Self-awareness,” synthesized the key lessons I have learned about living well from my own experience as well as from the science of human flourishing, and emphasized the role of self-awareness in finding lasting happiness.
The End…or A Backstory for Later
My love for Positive Psychology led me back to the MAPP program, where I currently serve as an Assistant Instructor. I also serve as a Teaching Assistant for University of Pennsylvania’s MOOC on Coursera: Foundations of Positive Psychology. Apart from this, I am an ICF certified Co-Active Coach.
I truly believe that even though people vary in their view of what happiness is and what contributes to it, all of us are ultimately seeking more happiness and fulfillment in our lives. Fortunately, recent findings from research in a variety of domains offer clear answers about what actually makes us happy. I now combine my understanding of the science of happiness, my skills as a Co-Active Coach, and my years of experience working with diverse groups of people to help individuals live happier, more fulfilling lives.