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What Does It Mean to Be Happy and Why Does it Matter?

Updated: Jan 11, 2018

Today's podcast is all about the 21 Day Happiness Challenge. This episode creates a framework for the challenge by giving a little background on why it matters. It will be a 21 day journey to find small, simple tools you can introduce into your life to get big, powerful results.

Key Takeaways:

  • Happiness matters: some of the advantages of happiness or of being happy include being healthier and more successful… Why wouldn’t you want to be happier

  • How do you define happiness? This is hard because it is subjective Sean achor says we should define happiness for our self. One of our favorite definition is one he draws out from the ancient Greeks: happiness is the joy you feel while striving toward your potential

  • The 'striving' is key here happiness is a process, practice. Happiness is not a feeling it is an ability (to borrow from Sharon Salzberg‘s ideas on love)

  • Happiness is an inside job: we all have the ability with in us for it that we can choose to cultivate,

This challenge is a series of happiness hacks...little choices you can make on a daily basis that will lead to something big. Ultimately this is what it means to ‘choose happiness.’ So if you can choose happiness, what choice what you make?


Shawn Achor, "The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work"

Sharon Salzberg, "Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection"

Dan Buettner, "Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way"

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