Episode 156: What Is Happy?

What is happy? 

This is a loaded question—but it’s something I want to explore in this episode because happiness is the #1 thing my clients say they want. But how do we get to happiness? What is the path there?

Lately, I’ve been on a quest to go deeper. To ask questions. To get clear. 

In episode 153, I explored how asking and studying into a question helps you to really get to the heart of the issue. 

What does happiness look like? 

What does happiness feel like? 

How will we know when we’ve reached happiness? 

For this episode, I decided to ask some of the people in my life—my mom, my second mom, my nephews, and my friend Andrew, who is a philosophy professor at Otterbein University—what they think about happiness and you’ll hear their ideas throughout the show. 

As you’re listening to this episode, I challenge you to ask yourself: what is happy for you? 

 Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • How happiness is fleeting and is a feeling we have, just like sadness and anger. It isn’t a state of constant being
  • How to give ourselves grace and relieve ourselves of the pressure that we should be happy all the time—and if we aren’t happy, there must be something wrong with us
  • Examples of what makes people happy from reading in peace, creating something, and spending time with family

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Helping people with High Functioning Anxiety is a personal mission for me. I have a special place in my heart for this struggle because it’s both something I dealt with unknowingly for years, and because it silently affects so many people who think this is just how it is. 

Working with me this way is an incredibly efficient and effective way to deal with your anxiety in the moment–without waiting for your next appointment.

I have been doing this work for over 20 years and Coach in Your Pocket is the most effective and most life-changing work I have ever done. My clients are consistently blown away by how these daily check-ins combined with the monthly face-to-face video meetings create slow, lasting changes that reprogram their High Functioning Anxiety tendencies over time.

Over the course of the three-month program, we meet once a month for a face-to-face session via a secure video chat, and then throughout the entire three months, you have access to me anytime you are feeling anxious, having a Monger attack, celebrating a win, or just need to check-in, and I will respond to you during my office hours (Monday through Friday, 9 am – 6 pm EST).

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