Amanda Enayati

Amanda Enayati
Amanda Enayati is an author, columnist and communications strategist, whose essays about stress and happiness, health and technology, and creativity, design and innovation have appeared widely, including in SUCCESS, CNN, PBS, NPR, Washington Post, Reader's Digest, Salon and elsewhere. Her most recent book, Seeking Serenity: The 10 New Rules for Health and Happiness in the Age of Anxiety, was released by New American Library/Penguin Random House in 2015.

Amanda consults and speaks for a diverse range of clients, including hospitals and medical centers, corporations, including B corps, foundations, international development agencies and universities. She began her career as an international corporate attorney and consultant for several large law firms, the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

Amanda’s writing has been used in several university textbooks on communication and writing, and her essays have been incorporated into curricula at Stanford, University of California at Berkeley, University of Texas, Dallas, and elsewhere.

She has been featured as a speaker at SXSW, Stanford Medicine X, The Literacy Project, Aspen Writers, among others.

Born in Tehran, Amanda fled the Iranian revolution as a child refugee and lived in several countries in Europe before settling in the United States in the mid-1980s. 

How Stress Can Guide Your Way to Success

By Amanda Enayati | April 25, 2019

Stress is less about what’s happening to you and more about how you think about what’s happening—and how you make sense of it.

Why You Need ‘Just Be’ for 10 Minutes a Day

By Amanda Enayati | April 3, 2016

Knowing how to pause can be the key to managing your stressful day.

Adult Coloring Books: Why Everybody’s Doing It (and Why You Should, Too)

By Amanda Enayati | February 25, 2016

Research shows coloring helps induce focus, creative flow and a feeling of calm.

4 Tips to Reinvent Yourself, Lewis Howes Style

By Amanda Enayati | November 24, 2015

How to go from a nobody to a wildly successful somebody

Dissecting Stress: ‘The Greatest Myth Is That Stress-Free Living Exists at All’

By Amanda Enayati | November 9, 2015

The researcher—who could be a poster child for anxiety—shares how she learned to see it as an advantage.

Worried About Money? Here’s How to Stress Less

By Amanda Enayati | September 7, 2015

Matt Beatty didn’t see his spending habit for the slippery slope to misery that it was. Not until much later. By then he couldn’t sleep more than an hour or two a night. He recalls lying in bed, staring at the ceiling for hours—chest tight, heart pounding, seized by dread and fear. “I would lie…