Finnish rights to STOP CHASING HAPPINESS by Frank Martela sold to Gummerus in an auction!

We are thrilled to announce that the Finnish rights for STOP CHASING HAPPINESS: Counterintuitive Life Advice From the World’s Happiest Country have been acquired by Gummerus in an auction! The deal was closed by Anna Kappauf at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Gummerus has already published Frank Martela’s previous book A Wonderful Life: Insights on Finding a Meaningful Existence and are excited to publish STOP CHASING HAPPINESS as a lead title on their non-fiction list:

I have been waiting for a new book by Frank Martela since I finished reading Elämän tarkoitus (A Wonderful Life). Frank simply helps me to think better and live better. And I am not alone so we cannot wait to publish his anticipated book and bring it to the hands of the impatient Finnish readers. We might be the happiest nation on Earth but we too need gentle guidance to happiness–or to understanding to avoid chasing it, to be precise. And who would be a more perfect thinker to deliver this message to us than Frank who has a phenomenal ability to present complex ideas in a comprehensible and thought-provoking way. We are honoured and inspired to continue to be his Finnish publisher.” Johanna Laitinen, Publisher at Gummerus

STOP CHASING HAPPINESS is a no-nonsense guide to a happier life by Finland’s leading happiness researcher Frank Martela. The book will be originally written in English and then translated to Finnish by the author himself. Rights to Frank Martela’s previous works have been sold to 30 territories.

There is already interest from other territories and we expect this to be one of our hot titles for Frankfurt book fair – now is the time to acquire the rights!

Download the English materials for STOP CHASING HAPPINESS here!

STOP CHASING HAPPINESS. Counterintuitive Life Advice From the World’s Happiest Country

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Gummerus (orig.)

Reading materials:
English book proposal, table of content, sample chapter

About author

Frank Martela

Professor Frank Martela, PhD, is a philosopher and researcher of psychology specializing in the question of meaning in life. His articles have appeared in Scientific American Mind, Harvard Business Review, Salon, CNBC and his work has been featured on Quartz and on the BBC. His research has been published extensively in numerous academic journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Personality, Metaphilosophy, Southern Journal of Philosophy, and Academy of Management Review. He has spoken to more than one hundred audiences worldwide, including invited lectures in universities on five continents, including Stanford University and Harvard University. He’s been interviewed by the New York Times, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Vice News, Fox News, and Monocle Observer among others. He is Assistant Professor at Aalto University in Finland.

Outside of work, Frank is a father to three lovely children, an amateur-level soccer player, with an occasional skiing trip in the winters. He is made in Green Bay, so Packers holds a special place in his heart.


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