How Defined Values Lead to Long-term Happiness

Posted by Jordan, 29 Jan

Happiness is not meant to be a permanent state you exist in. But if you’re not meant to just feel good all the time, what is the end goal of creating our happiness and how do we approach the inevitable pain and suffering we all face in life?

One of the most popular myths revolving around happiness is this idea that once you “achieve” it, you’ll transcend feelings like anger, sadness, pain, and hate, but these are all part of the full depth of human experience.

In today's episode, we want to change the way we look at such emotions, strive to understand what is causing you to feel unpleasant emotions and make better choices about how you respond to them when you start feeling them. Finally, we want to learn to look inward for explanations instead of reacting outward with blame and spite.

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What to Listen For

  • Why can negative emotions be your best friend when it comes to your happiness?
  • Russ Harris debunks the popular myths about happiness and explains how they can actually lead you to be miserable
  • In what ways are meaning and purpose related to your ability to maintain your happiness in the long term?
  • How does Russ Harris define a rich and meaningful life that leads to an overall feeling of happiness?
  • What can you do to be more comfortable and accepting of “negative” emotions and how does doing so help you avoid suffering?
  • What is the difference between values, virtues, and morals?
  • Why is it so important to define your values if you want to lead a rich and meaningful life full of happiness?
  • Russ Harris explains what the “reality gap” and “reality slap” are and how your awareness of them can lead you to better handle life’s challenges
  • What is the magic wand question and how can you use it to narrow down your most important values
  • How do you translate values into goals and action plans to ensure you don’t stagnate?

Enjoy, and stay charming!

Jordan Harbinger is a Wall Street lawyer turned Social Dynamics expert and coach. For 11 years, he hosted The Art of Charm Podcast - regularly in the iTunes top 50 and downloaded over four million times a month. Now Jordan interviews the world's top performers - from legendary musicians to intelligence operatives, iconoclastic writers to visionary change-makers at The Jordan Harbinger Show, consistently holding in the iTunes top 100 after just a few weeks. You can also interact with Jordan on Facebook or Instagram.

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