What do you think it takes to be happy?
let us count the ways
Today’s episode is a little long. I got carried away thinking about what it takes to be happy.
I did ask this question in the chat thread yesterday, but I wanted to share my thoughts here based on what I’ve been reading this week.
I started re-reading Mark Vernon’s book on wellbeing, and he got me thinking about happiness.
I enjoyed making this episode. I had a few lightbulb moments that took me by surprise.
Side note: I spend waaay too much time talking to myself. And now I’m starting to answer myself too. So, look out!
As I said, this is a long episode, so you might want to listen to it on your commute or while you're out walking or doing your chores!
OK. Enough chatter. Here’s the episode. Enjoy.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on happiness. Comment on this post. Or, better yet, use the chat thread I started for this question.
The notes for this episode are just under 2500 words.
I would post them, but I want you to listen to the episode instead. I know you're a busy person, so I'll be kind and share a stripped down list of what I talk about in this episode.
Some factors that are commonly associated with happiness include:
Positive relationships with family, friends, and significant others.
A sense of purpose or meaning in life.
The ability to manage stress and cope with challenges effectively.
Regular physical exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
A sense of gratitude and appreciation for what one has.
Pursuing activities that bring joy and fulfilment.
A sense of accomplishment and achievement.
A positive outlook and attitude towards life.
Helping others and contributing to society.
Financial stability and security.
For the details, you have to listen to the episode, so go ahead and click the play button now!
If you’re desperate to read my full notes, you can find them here.
The Coach's Notes is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.
Free coaching session
Are you ready to take your personal or professional life to the next level? Or do you have a problem you're trying to solve but can't see a way forward? Perhaps you feel stuck and are looking for some clarity to help you get unstuck.
Come coach with me. My 45-minute free coaching experience call is the perfect chance to talk to a professional coach about your goals, challenges, and hopes.