Happy You Are Here Podcast

By Craig Inzana

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Join me on our collective journey of figuring this life out. This show is for you if you find yourself asking: How do I find my purpose? Why do I keep making the same mistakes? How can my relationships be stronger? Is there more to this life than just surviving? We can do more than just survive. We can thrive and live a fulfilling life full of joy. We can attain financial, spiritual, and intellectual freedom. Stop wasting your potential. This is a beautiful abundant life, even if it doesn't always feel l Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/happyyouarehere/support

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Equanimity For Activists & Change-Makers [Guided Meditation]
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This meditation is for those that might be struggling to integrate a state of equanimity and peace into making a change in the world. We often feel that, if we release into non-judgement about the way things are, how are we to make the change that needs to be made in the world. We will breathe into a calm, attentive state, and then discuss and consider this topic.

Listen & leave a review on Insight Timer: insig.ht/gm_131721

More Happy You Are Here Guided Meditations: https://www.happyyouarehere.life/meditations

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Jun 18, 2020
Contagious Suffering in Times of Unrest - The Wheel of Karma in Modern Terms
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In this episode I discuss the way suffering grows if we are not careful. How this is particularly noticeable and important in times of open unrest. 

I also mentioned that I would share some podcasts from people of color in the show notes. I'm adding the two I specifically referenced here, but will be adding more later too.

Read the whole transcript at https://www.happyyouarehere.life/podcast/suffering-and-unrest

Daryl Davis on Joe Rogan Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGTQ0Wj6yIg

Various Interviews with Yung Pueblo: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3y9iRZ7JafIw8OnjRCJp69

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Jun 04, 2020
Acceptance & Responsibilities in the Church with Reverend Ben Fitzgerald-Fye
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Reverend Ben Fitzgerald-Fye joins the show to discuss his experience as a gay minister and progressive faith. Ben gets into the treatment changes with homosexuals, acceptance, and responsibilities within Presbyterian churches and religion as a whole. We also discuss Christian politics, justice, and the lack of empathy as society progresses, and how we can fuel it back into humanity.

By the end of this episode, you will learn to understand other people, have compassion for people, and deal with the things that have been swept under the rug. Stay tuned, and enjoy the podcast!

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About Ben Fitzgerald-Fye:

Rev. Ben Fitzgerald-Fye is a native of Punxsutawney, PA and now serving as the pastor of Scipioville Presbyterian Church and as Stated Clerk of The Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse.  He currently lives in Auburn, NY with his husband of 16 years and their 4 cat children.  Ben is a self-proclaimed “polity nerd” and a graduate of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.  Prior to ministry, Ben received a degree in theater performance from Seton Hill College and worked for many years in human services with a focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Ben is also a More Light Ambassador, a new designation from the More Light Presbyterians in an effort to offer access to more ministers and lay persons who are willing and able to engage on issues of inclusion in the church.

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You can find Ben Fitzgerald-Fye on...

Website: https://www.scipiovillechurch.org

Blog: https://www.scipiovillechurch.org/pastor-bens-blog

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PastorFabulous

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/benjamin.fitzgeraldfye

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May 28, 2020
Mindful Creating and Community with Come Back Sandy
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Come Back Sandy is a musical artist and lyricist based in Omaha, Nebraska. Her music seeks to create community around values of mindfulness, patience, and courageousness and to create positive vibrations, peace, and comfort in this existence.


Listen to her newest song on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/comebacksandymusic

Listen on to her music on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2XMeOjeA1xkaWPjuuO7xqA


More Happy You Are Here: https://www.happyyouarehere.life/

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May 14, 2020
Challenging Habits with Chase Barron
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Chase is a content creator currently working on a full year of 30 Day Challenges related to various habits. In this episode we discuss why it is important to be mindful of our habits and how 30 day challenges can be helpful in becoming more aware of how those habits effect our everyday lives.

You can follow Chase's challenges on his social media and can find the 12 month calendar on his website, https://chasebarron.com/.

Find more episodes, guided meditations, and subscribe to the podcast newsletter at https://www.happyyouarehere.life/.

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May 06, 2020
Dealing with Uncertainty in Uncertain Times
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We've all got a lot of uncertainty going on in our lives right now. I wanted to take a break from interviews (more are coming soon) and discuss how I've been coping with these big changes.

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Mar 27, 2020
The Healing World of Sound with Illuminating Hearts
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Illuminating Hearts is made up of Astara and Orion who provide innovative mindfulness services centered around sonic resonance and heart coherence. They provide various offerings related to their work AND have an online retreat center where you can get a taste of their sound medicine online: https://www.patreon.com/illuminatinghearts

Learn more about Illuminating Hearts at https://illuminatinghearts.love/

Happy You Are Here Website (we've added new stuff!): https://www.happyyouarehere.life/


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Mar 19, 2020
Loving Kindness Meditation
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This loving-kindness practice focuses on tapping into our inner sense of compassion and expanding that feeling to encompass everyone, including those with which we may feel ill will. 

It was originally used as part of a global meditation group coming together to connect over protecting our planet and each other through love.

You can listen to the meditation by itself anytime for free on the Insight Timer App or Website: http://insig.ht/gm_99673

More episodes of Happy You Are Here: https://www.happyyouarehere.life/

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Mar 12, 2020
Three Words to Make Life Easier & Develop Self-Compassion
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The concept of "simply begin again" comes from mindful meditation practice. It's an important part of learning to apply less judgment to ourselves. In practice, it applies when your attention wanders, but in life, it can be an effective way to keep going when you fall off track.


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Mar 05, 2020
Mindfulness in Recovery with Orion
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Orion from Illuminating Hearts is back. In this episode we discuss mindfulness and how it can relate to recovery and emotional wellness.

You can learn more about Refuge Recovery here: ​https://refugerecovery.org/

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Feb 27, 2020
Men's Healing with Orion from Illuminating Hearts
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Orion is a healer on many levels. He and his partner, Astara, run Illuminating Hearts. He is involved in various men's' healing groups in Omaha and soon will be starting his own tentatively named Man.tra.

We discuss the repression of emotions and other ways in which men need to relearn how we process things in order to live healthy, fulfilled lives.

https://illuminatinghearts.love/

Orion will be back next week talking about mindfulness in recovery.

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Feb 20, 2020
Hypnotherapy Workshop Results
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A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a beta-test of a hypnotherapy workshop here in Omaha. In this episode, I share some of the takeaways from that workshop.

There are upcoming versions of this workshop. You can find details at: https://www.mesmerisehypnosis.com/

Check out the new website http://happyyouarehere.life/

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Feb 14, 2020
The Voice in Your Head IS AN IMPOSTER!
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Who are you? 

I don't mean the collection of things you identify as. The traits and experiences you tell others to describe yourself. Who is actually in there making those decisions and telling those stories?

An interesting concept is that the voice in your head-- that internal monologue most of us have constantly rambling on-- is not you. It's a part of you... but it's not you.

We'll discuss this for the whole episode with some concepts about how to conceptualize this AND why it is helpful for your mental wellness.

Check out more episodes, subscribe to the email list, and more: http://happyyouarehere.life/

Read Solve for Happy for yourself: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30354426-solve-for-happy

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Jan 31, 2020
Improve Motivation By Breaking These Small Addictions
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We all have addictions. Small habit loops that suck us into social media or watching videos for longer than we expected. Did you know these little things could be having a massive effect on your motivation and overall sense of wellbeing?

This episode talks mostly about recognizing some of these small addictions that most of us have. It's also about a practical way to reset those behaviors to a healthy level.

The term "Dopamine Fast" is a bit misleading, but that's what the internet is calling it. The idea is that "fasting" or cutting out some behaviors completely for a short period of time can help reset the systems those behaviors are effecting in the brain.

Here's a great, in-depth article on the subject if you want to do some further reading:

https://medium.com/swlh/dopamine-fasting-2-0-the-hot-silicon-valley-trend-7c4dc3ba2213

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Jan 22, 2020
Climbing Out of the Pit of Depression
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Depression can dig someone deeper and deeper into a pit of despair and deprive you of your energy, hope, and drive. The tricky part of depression is that it attacks the very things that would help you get better.

We haven't had a new episode in about a month. That is because I've been dealing with a particularly deep and extended bout of depression. This episode talks about what I learned from this one and the coping mechanisms I've learned over the years to climb out of the pit. Even if it has to be one grasp at a time.

Helpful article on coping:  https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/coping-with-depression.htm

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Jan 17, 2020
The Future of Happy You Are Here (Yes, there is a future!)
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Hey everyone! If you haven’t checked out all the episodes we already published, I HIGHLY suggest you go back and listen to those. The feedback from those episodes have been amazing. About 200 people have been reached so far, but most of you have only listened to one or two episodes. I had to take some time to focus on my businesses without getting burned out. I’m still in that stage, but my plan for next year is to make Happy You Are Here full of high-quality, very well researched and edited videos & audio. So look forward to that at some point. Thanks again for listening. I love you all and hope you’re doing well :) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/happyyouarehere/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/happyyouarehere/support
Dec 17, 2019
Thanksgiving Gratitude & Quick Show Update
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This is just a quick update to let you know that we'll be taking a short break from daily episodes to enjoy the holiday with family. When we come back, the episodes will either be daily again OR be a few times a week with more time spent on each episode (but still about the same length).

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Nov 23, 2019
How Our Moods Mirror the Media We Consume
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Emotional mirroring is a natural part of human development. It's one way we feel empathy for each other and can communicate without words. There is a concerning trend in media that I only just noticed. Here is what to look out for and why you should care.

Article on Emotional Mirroring: https://www.psychologies.co.uk/psychology-emotional-mirroring

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Nov 23, 2019
Finally Finding a Real Passion
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In this episode, I get a little personal. I've been struggling to find something that really clicks for me. After I lost interest in filmmaking, it's been hard to find something else to fill that void. Well... I think I found it. This is it.

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Nov 21, 2019
Increase Sense of Love and Wellbeing Through This Meditation & Journalling Practice
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Are you familiar with the term Mettā (Loving kindness)? 

The last few mornings I have incorporated this into my morning meditation and it always triggers such an expansive, open, joyful feeling of love. I cry too. Every time 😂. It’s somewhat tears of joy, but there’s a bittersweet feeling to it. They are also compassionate tears for those suffering all over the world and those suffer that I know personally.

Even with that tinge of sadness, it feels amazing to feel so deeply every morning. It then carries through the whole day. There is a deep sense of caring for every person that crosses my path.

What are your experiences with feelings like this? Would you like to learn to cultivate them?

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Nov 20, 2019
Compassion Does Not Exclude Consequences
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One of the most common rebuttals to "we should have compassion for EVERY SINGLE HUMAN" is something to do with those among us that do truly horrible things. Do they deserve our compassion? Should we just allow them to run amok?

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Nov 20, 2019
How to Reach Your Higher Self
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We all think in terms of these massive things. These big things we need to do or be in order to become the idealized versions of ourselves. BUT what if there is a more simple way? A way that actually works?

Better Ideas Video (How to Build Success by Doing Easy Things)

Slight Edge by Jeff Olson:

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Nov 18, 2019
Do We Have To Struggle?
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You've heard it said that "to live is to suffer" or that struggling causes life to be interesting. Lets dig into that.

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Nov 17, 2019
Hedonistic Pleasures vs. Fulfillment
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Hedonistic pleasures are engrained in our society's idea of happiness and success. Could we be wrong?

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Nov 16, 2019
Leaning Into Fear - Fight or Flight
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When things get scary, that's usually a sign to push harder... not run away.

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Nov 16, 2019
Applying a Mindset of Gratitude with Peggy Caruso
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Peggy Caruso is an author and certified executive and personal development coach.  Her new book, Take the First Shot: Strategies to Fire You Up and Change Your Life recently launched on Amazon: http://bit.ly/takethefirstshot

In this episode, we discuss ways to apply gratitude in our lives, how to use positive affirmations, and how manifestation can actually work.

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Nov 14, 2019
Learn To Recognize Thought Loops
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Thought loops can be a powerful detriment to your mental health OR a powerful tool. These are patterns or "programs" that the brain runs semi-automatically. They can be particularly insidious if they are negative and feedback into themselves causing infinite loops of negative thinking.

In this episode of Happy You Are here Podcast, we'll discuss how to recognize those thought loops and give some examples of positive thought loops you can try to replace the negative ones with.

Podcast Website: http://happyyouarehere.life/

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Nov 13, 2019
Coaching the Whole Person with Peggy Caruso
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Peggy Caruso is an author and certified executive and personal development coach.  Her new book, Take the First Shot: Strategies to Fire You Up and Change Your Life recently launched on Amazon: http://bit.ly/takethefirstshot

In this episode, we discuss her practice as a coach and how what she does differs from the traditional idea of a "life coach."

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Nov 12, 2019
Who Are You Surrounding Yourself With? It Matters.
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Who are you surrounding yourself with? 

Are these people you want to be more like?

This is something I’ve become more aware of in the past year. The people you surround yourself with is INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT‼ You can still love and care about people while giving yourself some distance. 

Doug Bopst has a great quote that is more-or-less: “Spend time with people that have COMMON FUTURES, not common pasts.” 🔥🔥

That’s a paradigm shift for most of us.  This is true online and offline. 

So who are you following? Who are you hanging out with? What ideas are you letting slip into your unconscious mind? 

You can now watch Happy You Are Here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZd8Xqb323k

Happy You Are Here Podcast: http://happyyouarehere.life/

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Nov 11, 2019
How to Develop Self-Awareness - Meditation
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The way you've had meditation described to you is wrong. Whoever started saying the goal of meditation is to clear your mind is completely full of it.

That's just not how it works at all. Let's talk about it.

So we've covered Infomation Diet, Gratitude and minimizing complaining, and taking care of your physical health. This episode is on meditation.

I'm really into a bunch of different types of meditation. There are literally hundreds. BUT in regards to basic mental fortitude and sense of wellbeing, there's one relatively simple type of meditation we're going to focus on. That is mindfulness meditation.

Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/mindfulness-meditation-is-huge-but-science-isnt-sure-how-or-whether-it-works/2018/03/23/2fa510a6-1e4e-11e8-9de1-147dd2df3829_story.html



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Nov 10, 2019
Physical Health Affects Mental Health
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We discuss my least favorite thing that is also one of the most effective ways of boosting mood, mental clarity, and general wellbeing: a healthy diet and exercise.

Link Between Physical Health & Mental Health: https://hside.org/link-between-physical-and-mental-health/

1. The first one to adjust is food. The other two are going to feed-- ha, pun-- off what you eat. 

2. Once you do that, get your sleep cycle in check.

3. Finally, Physical Activity.

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Nov 09, 2019
How to Be More Positive
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We're going to get you to stop being so negative... not for anyone else's sake but for your own. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take this to heart. Seriously sink into this one. 

If you're stuck in this rut of complaining all the time-- and we'll talk about reprogramming your brain in more detail later on-- then you're pushing people away. You probably never chose this state, but circumstances in a life built up these default pathways in your brain to look for the problem in everything and everyone.

It's a miserable life to live. I'm sorry if this is you. Not only is it miserable for you, but everyone you're around. It's kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you find yourself saying, everyone leaves and nobody likes to be around you... maybe it's because you push them away with your incessant negativity. 

I'm not saying it's your fault that you got to this point. But from this point on, it's your fault if you continue to live in a state of constant negativity.

Let's get started digging into this a little deeper.

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Nov 08, 2019
Stop Being Brainwashed! How to Deal with Modern Information Overload
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How significant is information overload and what you can do about it? Our brains do take in a LOT of information daily. There are two problems with this: 1. We're inherently bad at assessing the quality of information we are presented with. 2. Our brains need downtime. In this episode, we'll discuss how to manage this modern information overload problem with practical techniques like the information diet.

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References in this episode:

Factfullness' Foundation, GapMinder: Objective Information about the State of the World

https://www.gapminder.org/

University of California San Diego: Amount of Data We Consume

https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/index.php/pressrelease/u.s._media_consumption_to_rise_to_15.5_hours_a_day_per_person_by_2015

Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Why We Need Downtime

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1745691612447308

Review of General Psychology: How Gullible Are We?

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317073563_How_Gullible_Are_We_A_Review_of_the_Evidence_From_Psychology_and_Social_Science

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Nov 07, 2019
4 Habits to Build an Unbreakable Brain
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We're going to go discuss four tools that practically will help you build a stronger brain geared towards a positive, fulfilling life. Once I stripped back all of the other advice and things I had read or listened to over the last few years, there are four clear things that changed it all. This episode I'm going to briefly cover each of them. Then over the next four episodes, we'll go in-depth for each one.

Each and every one of you has something incredible to give to this world. Through this show, I want to share ideas, tools, and techniques to live a happy, fulfilling life so that we can bring our best selves to everything we do.

I'm happy you're here with me, listening to this show.

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Nov 06, 2019
Does Anything Really Matter?
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In this episode: Does anything really matter? A lot of us reach this point. You might be there right now. I've spent most of my life in that state.  Helpless. Hopeless. Nothing seems like it matters. HERE IS WHY IT DOES.

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Welcome to the Happy You Are Here Podcast. Each and every one of you has something incredible to give to this world. Through this show, I want to share ideas, tools, and techniques to live a happy, fulfilling life so that we can bring our best selves to everything we do.

Please feel encouraged to reach out on social media with your thoughts, ideas, struggles, and accomplishments. This show is for you and the more this communication goes both ways, the better I can serve you.

At the end of each episode, I'll tell you how you can enter for a chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card. It'll also come along with a personalized book recommendation, but we opted for the gift card so you can choose how or if you want to read the book.


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Nov 05, 2019