Tania Luna

Co-Founder, Agent of Surprise, Surprise Industries
New York, NY, United States

About Tania


In 2008, Tania co-founded Surprise Industries with the mission of helping people & companies embrace & spread surprise. She also teaches psychology at Hunter College, and is co-writing a book on surprise with psychologist and LifeLabs New York founder Dr. LeeAnn Renninger (Perigee Winter 2015).

Fun fact: she used to HATE surprises.


English, Italian, Russian

TED Conference

TEDActive 2012

Areas of Expertise

Surprise, psychology, Education , Experience Design, Leadership Development, Team Development, Culture Development

An idea worth spreading

We feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they're not.

I'm passionate about

Positive psychology
Experience design
Organizational psychology

Animal rights

Talk to me about

Surprise, education, your ideas

People don't know I'm good at

Video production, spreadsheets, hula hooping

Comments & conversations

Tania Luna
Posted 10 months ago
Tania Luna: How a penny made me feel like a millionaire
Hi, Juno and class! I just read all your comments in response to my talk, and I wanted to tell you that I am deeply moved and humbled by your thoughtfulness. Thank you for taking the time to share your impressions and your own experiences. Your perspectives are truly inspiring.
Tania Luna
Posted about 1 year ago
Tania Luna: How a penny made me feel like a millionaire
Thank you, Chander. You are right. When TED asked me to tell my story, I never thought of poverty as a theme in my life. In fact, in Ukraine, my family wouldn't really have been considered "poor" when compared to the average family at the time. This was just our normal. I was lucky enough to experience a variety of normals throughout my childhood, which trained me in perspective shifting. That being said, I'm starting to think that there's something special about having relatively little because it allows us to be pretty much self-sufficient in terms of finding joy. If I learn how to feel happy just by noticing the feel of grass under my feet, then I can always find a way to be happy (as long as there's a little bit of grass around). Just a theory. On a side note: thank you for your beautiful words about Brian and Scarlett.