Therapist and a Trainer

Rethinking Happiness

January 30, 2022 Justin Lewis and Eric Romanak Season 1 Episode 7
Therapist and a Trainer
Rethinking Happiness
Show Notes

Justin and Eric chase after life's ultimate goal, but realize that rethinking happiness might be the only way to finally grab the carrot off the stick. Topics covered include:

Defining Happiness

The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want, by Sonja Lyubomirsky

A meaningful life


Happiness is a dangerous word

Evolutionary system designed to eat and procreate

Chasing sex and stimulation

Equating happiness with pleasure

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

Working with your evolutionary systems

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Physiological needs


Love and belonging



People who enjoy all aspects of life

Finding Joy in life

Happiness versus Healthy-ness

Feeling content in any situation

The attributes of satisfied people

Positive brain chemistry

Absence of pain

Having enough energy and vitality to pursue needs

Resilience to stress

Contentment and a sense of accomplishment

Having a lack of regret

Self respect

Clarity and purpose

The byproducts of healthy diets and exercise

As above so below

What happens after you work out

Armoring your body

Mitochondria increase

Not skipping your workouts

Self care is self respect

The clarity of pursuing health

The horse before the cart

The importance of finding meaning 

Finding meaning as a head exercise

The need to participate first

Analysis paralysis

Considering how you things make you feel instead of what you think about it

The futility of anxiety and overthinking

Using too much brain energy

Balancing out your system

Channeling anxiety for good

Giving overthinking a purpose

No Stupid Questions Podcast with Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics and Angela Duckworth, author of Grit

Happiness in social context

The right to the pursuit of happiness versus the right to happiness

Easy is incompatible with happiness

Education, welfare, healthcare and pension systems

Jeremy Bentham

The supreme good is the greatest happiness of the greatest number

The suicide rates in the developed world versus traditional societies

Material goods and wealth won’t bring happiness

Eric Erikson’s stages of development 

Testing boundaries

Not giving it your all


80/20 rule

Giving space to rest and reflect

Proving ancient wisdom empirically 

Combining excitement with tranquility