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Happiness Tips from the Experts – January ’19

The one goal we can all agree on is being happy. Creating a life filled with happiness is the ultimate pursuit, and that is the main reason I ask every one of my podcast guests if they have any advice to live a happier life. These extraordinary folks lead successful and impactful lives filled with happiness, so who better to give us some tips to apply in our own life.

Below we’ve compiled the responses from each of our four January guests to the question, “What is the best piece of advice related to happiness you’d give our listeners?”

James Swanwick | @JamesSwanwick | Ep 040

His response: “Create a rule for yourself that you are not allowed to touch your cell phone in the morning until you have completed writing down twenty things that you are grateful for.”


Joshua Lance | @joshualance82  | Ep 042

His response: “One it’s relax and slow down. It’s very easy to always be churning at the wheel and always kinda pushing ahead. Relax and slow down and absorb the world around you, that is always really helpful.

And then the concept of enough. It’s so easy to always want more and to think, ‘I need to do more things.’ It’s always more, more, more. To be able to say ‘what is enough, what is enough for me,’ once you can see that, you can actually be happy in any moment.”


Bushy Martin | @Bushism | Ep 044

His response: “It’s something I’ve always believed that happiness is a choice, not a situation or a circumstance. So you can decide to be happy. It’s easier for some to make that decision than others, but it is a state of mind, it becomes magnetic. It’s the law of attraction I do believe in. What you give out is what you get back, so if you start out deciding to be happy and then giving gratitude to all the positive things that you have got, which even in the dark times there are still good things you can give thanks for, then that will be a magnet that brings more of the same.”


Kate Erickson | @katelerickson | Ep 046

Her response: “This is actually the best piece of advice period for me, but I strongly believe that it has so much to do with happiness, is to trust your gut. Like I second guess everything and I tend to spend a lot of time being like, ‘what decision should I make, should it be this or this or this,’ and I manifest so much stress in that way and it tends to bog you down when you’re just constantly asking, ‘am I making the right decision,’ and that can really mess with your happiness of course, so I’ve been trying to practice that more often, to trust my gut.”

All great advice from some fantastic people. Give one of these practices a try and let me know how it works! You can get in touch with me via Instagram @dorothyillson, as well as the free Do Well & Do Good Facebook community found here. I can’t wait to hear your success stories!

About the author, Dorothy

Dorothy Illson is the founder of Needle's Eye Media, a full-service Facebook advertising agency. She's also the host of Do Well & Do Good, a podcast dedicated to telling the stories of people who have created financial success and leveraged it to increase their positive impact on the world.

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