EPISODE #23 // How do happiness and joy take shape in your life?

Episode #23 // How do happiness and joy take shape in your life?

Happiness and joy.

Words we often use interchangeably that have very different implications in our lives.

Words that also happen to be the basis for today’s episode.

We start off by asking each other how happiness and joy show up in our lives, move into what happens when they aren’t there, what gets in the way of noticing or feeling those things, and also how we cultivate more of it in our lives.

At the end of the day (and the episode), we both agree that life is less about seeking out fleeting moments of happiness, and more about looking around and finding the joy in the small everyday moments.

We want to hear from you!

How do you define (or differentiate between) happiness and joy?

How do you bring more of it into your life?

The Episode:


Topics Discussed:

  • Our Wrap Party + Cookbook Launch with Heather Crosby on June 21st
  • How we think about happiness
  • The difference between happiness and joy
  • Tiny moments of joy in our lives
  • The awareness that yoga and meditation bring into life
  • Depression and bottoming out
  • How the lows help us to give context to the highs
  • Reaching out for help when we have trouble finding joy
  • Forgiveness and how that can relate to joy
  • Cultivating joy and the things you do to get there
  • Thanking the monsters in your life
  • Spreading joy in our lives
  • What makes us happy

Resource Links:


I used to see happiness as this elusive thing that I had to seek out. Click To Tweet Happiness is more of an external moment, but joy can be more of an internal atmosphere. Click To Tweet To me, happiness is a fleeting emotion while joy is a deeper expression. Click To Tweet Joy is the space I got to where little fireworks of happiness became a bonus rather than a need. Click To Tweet It’s important to have goals, but not ones that are rooted in your ability to be a happy or unhappy person. Click To Tweet To me happiness is an emotion, you don’t necessarily experience it by thinking about it. Click To Tweet Yoga brought about a contentment with my own body, my own thoughts, and my life. Click To Tweet I try to keep the bleak times in the back of my mind because I feel so different now. Click To Tweet I would not have appreciated every moment of my pregnancy if it wasn’t for what I had experienced. Click To Tweet It’s not sadness that’s the thief of joy, it’s guilt. Click To Tweet It’s a practice, just like everything else, to forgive. Click To Tweet It’s practice to cultivate joy and the things that you do to get there. Click To Tweet Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift. Click To Tweet One of my favorite ways to spread joy is to send people an unexpected note that just praises them. Click To Tweet


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