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Up Close and Personal

  • In 3 words I am persevering, compassionate, pale
  • I believe in leveraging cutting-edge positive psychology and neuroscience to unleash our minds.
  • I am driven.
  • To me, a Saturday well spent is working on a Habitat for Humanity House, cooking a new recipe for friends and winding down with a glass of scotch.
  • Choice color: blue
  • I love educating Millennials, on the science of happiness to help them catapult towards their potentials.
  • Sunset over sunrise
  • Favorite book:  "How to Win Friends and Influence People" ~ Dale Carnegie
  • Favorite mantra: "Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events; great minds discuss ideas"

 

I found happiness early in life by giving up my pursuit of financial wealth.  From a former workaholic to author and happiness coach, I help people holistically understand happiness and pass along what I've learned so no one else will fall into the same pitfalls as I did.

After graduating from college a semester early and diving headfirst into the "adult world," I’d achieved many of our society’s traditional benchmarks of success.  So it may come as a surprise that in June of 2014 I was diagnosed with clinical depression. Clearly I was doing something wrong.  I decided to cure myself the natural way. I began obsessively researching ways to be happy and taking actions in my own life; I maintained a rigorous exercise regimen, learned how to cook, and surrounded myself with the friends and family I’d alienated on my quest for a bigger paycheck.

My recovery process taught me two inescapable truths about happiness:

First, you’ll never find it.

The second truth revealed itself as I reconnected with dozens of old friends who were also navigating the confusing early stages of adult world. My friends had become athletes, entrepreneurs, priests, farmers, hedge fund managers, and starving musicians. They couldn’t have taken more divergent life paths, but they all had one thing in common: no one had trained them how to be happy, and they asked me for help.

In August of 2015, I turned down a promotion to quit my job and research happiness full time. I traveled to Vietnam, China, and Mexico to understand how the outer two countries had built such impressive national happiness in the face of adversity, and to reverse-engineer China’s misery. I lived, ate, slept, and played football with the Buddhist monks of Magnolia Grove Monastery to learn the power of Mindfulness and Meditation, and visited a tequila farm to… drink tequila. I spoke with psychologists, spirit guides, entrepreneurs, sweat lodge gurus, yoga instructors, monks, and millionaires to amass nuggets of wisdom, and devoured every reputable study I could find related to happiness.

I began drafting The Millennial’s Guide to Making Happiness Volume I in December of 2015 and with the blessings of my parents, friends, and unemployment, I completed the first draft in 3 months.  

As now as a published author and a team member of Thrive At Work my ever-ending quest to share the essentials of building a happy life continue in the workplace.