Emilia Lahti

M.S.Sc., M.A.P.P

Emilia is the co-author of the most prominent positive psychology website in her native Finland, and completed her master´s thesis on the Finnish character strength of 'sisu' under Dr. Angela Duckworth. Her aim is to unearth possible ways for the cultivation of sisu within various contexts, ranging from individual trauma recovery and empowerment, to business coaching and workshops in educational settings. Furthermore, Emilia is a systems thinker who sees that we are all part of a larger collective entity through the social networks we belong to.


Therefore, in creating a culture which enables individuals to strive for their best possible life – free of any form mental or physical abuse - it is imperative to create social awareness of the significance each person has on the possible future of society, and of how sensitive the broader dynamic system is to each of our individual actions (both positive and negative). Through her work, Emilia ultimately seeks to create practical, empowering solutions that alleviate human suffering and increase well-being on a global scale, leading to a more positive human future.

Emilia Lahti is a positive psychology expert and empowerment coach residing in California. She holds a previous master´s degree in social sciences and completed her master´s in applied positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Martin Seligman. Emilia´s life passion is to gain understanding of the areas of human behavior linked to well-being, resilience and to the realization of a person’s full potential.

Her research and work are focused on understanding how individuals can grow from challenges and come out of hardship with a newly discovered, profound sense of strength, purpose and adaptability. She is a domestic violence and trauma survivor herself, and encourages people to re-imagine adversity as more than simply ‘rough times’. Emilia is extremely passionate about helping survivors of domestic abuse or sexual trauma to rediscover their sense of power, hope, autonomy and freedom. In her work on individual empowerment, Emilia combines physical exercise with positive psychology and her research knowledge on the psychological key competence of sisu.